Bullying Prevention


Bullying has a negative effect on the social environment of schools, creates a climate of fear among students, inhibits the ability to learn, and leads to other antisocial behavior. Other detrimental effects of bullying include an impact on school safety, student engagement, and the overall school environment.

Bullying is dangerous because if left unattended it can rapidly escalate into even more serious violence and abuse. Just as you have gateway drugs, bullying is gateway behavior. Too often it is the first step down the road to one of the tragic incidents of school violence we all have watched in horror on the evening news. This Web site is dedicated to preventing bullying behavior.

Bullying Prevention Lesson Plans


NEW! Free Webinars Available & Earn CEUs

 

It's time to sign up to join us as we offer webinars each month. We have also been approved to offer CEUs for the training if you attend the training live. 

 

Our first webinar will be "Mental Health Concerns and Your Students." It will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19. CLICK HERE to sign up to attend virtually with us!

 

Course Description: As the rise in mental health issues grows in today's youth, there is an ever increasing chance you will have a student with mental health struggles in your school. This course will help counselors and other educators know what to do it they are concerned about a student's mental health status; who to talk to about your concern; what to say to the student; and will give warning signs for mental health issues. State-wide resources and some best practices forms will be shared. This training is based on evidence-based training from Lifelines Suicide Prevention and Mental Health First Aid.

 

Our second webinar will be "Building a Crisis Team" It will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3. CLICK HERE to sign up to attend virtually with us!

 

Course Description: Many times schools don’t have a crisis team in place and have never thought about it until they are in the middle of a crisis. This training would include how to respond to a tragedy (including suicide, trauma, school violence, community violence, etc.), who should be on a crisis team, and how to work with your community and the OSDE to support your school community. Resources and best practices will be shared with attendees.

 

Our third webinar will be "Drugs and Alcohol in Schools: What is trending, how to spot it, and what is your role as a counselor" It will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. CLICK HERE to sign up to attend virtually with us!

 

Course DescriptionAs Red Ribbon Week approaches, counselors need all the information they can to share with students, faculty, and staff. Hear from an ABLE Agent on the most current information about drugs and alcohol and learn how to help students in your role as a counselor. Resources will be provided.

 

While these sessions are in the works, Sutherlin said she is open to other ideas and needs of counselors and other educators. You can contact her at Michelle.Sutherlin@sde.ok.gov or 405-521-2106 for other sessions you would like to see. Or CLICK HERE to provide ideas. Sutherlin said she is also available to give in-person professional development on these sessions or others upon request.

 

Sessions in the works include:

 

September 19, 11 a.m. - Mental Health Concerns and Your Students
October 3, 3 p.m. - Building a Crisis Team
October 13, 2 p.m. - Drugs and Alcohol in Schools: What is trending, how to spot it, and what is your role as a counselor
November - Bullying Prevention in 2016
January - Working with Students Returning from a Mental Health Crisis
February - Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault
March - How to Build Empathy in the Classroom and Beyond
April - Community Collaboration: How to work with your community to serve your school
May - Engaging Parents in Prevention

 

Bullying Prevention Research-Based Curriculum

Research studies have found that school-based, anti-bullying prevention programs reduced bullying and victimization by an average of 20%. A list of research-based bullying prevention programs examined and approved by federal agencies has been provided in the website below.

Bullying Prevention Programs


Bullying Prevention Professional Development

Looking for staff development on bullying prevention? The State Department of Education has presentation kits available to check out. The presentation kit helps staff understand how a school-wide program enhances bullying-prevention efforts. This presentation will help you quickly and easily educate school staff on traits and risk factors associated with children who bully, steps they can follow to help prevent bullying, interventions to use when bullying happens, strategies shown not to work well in bullying prevention, and more. Presentation kit includes a PowerPoint, take-home materials, and a leader guide. To check out the presentation kit, please e-mail Michelle Sutherlin.


Bullying Prevention Parent Education

Looking for parent education on bullying prevention? The State Department of Education has a presentation kit available to check out. Parents gain a better understanding of the pervasiveness and damaging effects of bullying, learn to recognize the signs of bullying, and are prepared to implement effective strategies for preventing physical and emotional intimidation. This interactive presentation gives them the facts about bullying prevention, plus opportunities to learn, create, and practice bullying-prevention solutions they can pass on to their children. Presentation kit includes a PowerPoint presentation, take-home materials, and a leader guide. To check out the presentation kit, please e-mail Michelle Sutherlin.

 

Bullying Prevention Resources

There are many reliable websites with bullying prevention information and resources. A list of helpful resources for parents, students, and staff has been provided in the website below.

Bullying Prevention Resources

Internet Safety

Working together - teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults - to make the Internet a safer place for kids. We must safeguard our children's online experience and provide them with the protection from potential dangers and online predators.

Some suggestions for parents:
  • Monitor Internet use and find out which sites your child frequents.
  • Encourage your child to come to you if they encounter anything strange, uncomfortable or upsetting online.
  • Invest in monitoring software to help protect your child while using the computer.
  • Tell your child to NEVER give out any personal information or post photos and NEVER meet anyone in person met online without permission.

To report any indecent materials or pornography involving children or adolescents online, immediately notify your local FBI office or call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.

Test your knowledge of shorthand commonly used online in Instant Messenger and chatrooms.
Online Lingo, from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - take the Internet Safety Quiz for Adults or Kids.

 

Oklahoma State Statutes Regarding Bullying Prevention


Bullying Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about bullying? The website below will address all of the frequently asked questions from parents, students, and staff members.


Bullying Incident Statistics

The 2015 Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS):

Oklahoma YRBS 2015 Violence Fact Sheet

The 2012-2013 Annual Incident Report statewide bullying incident totals indicated that:

  • 14% of students reported being bullied electronically
  • 20% of students reported being bullied on school property

For additional statistics, the websites listed below include the 2015 Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Data and Reports, and the 2014 Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment  (OPNA) Survey Results.

2013-2014 Annual Incident Report statewide totals


Documents

This form can be completed when there is a witness to a bullying incident.

Witness Report Form (pdf)

This form can be completed to provide the details of a bullying incident to the district.

Incident Report Form (pdf)

This form can be used to assist districts in investigating reported bullying behaviors.

Investigation Form (pdf)

This form can be used when interviewing students involved in a bullying incident.

Interview Form (pdf)

This letter can be used to notify a district of a bullying incident.

Parent Letter (Word)

This form can be used by students to notify the school of being bullied or harassed.

Student Report Form (pdf)

This document can be used to assess bullying in schools.

Assessment Tools (pdf)

This document can be used to survey school staff regarding bullying prevention.

Staff Survey (Word)

This is a sample student behavior contract.

Student Behavior Contract (pdf)

This is a sample anti-bullying community pledge.

Community Pledge (pdf)

This is a reproducible poster on who to contact in a bullying situation.

Contact Chart (pdf)

This a bullying warning signs reproducible brochure.

Warning Signs Brochure (pdf)

State Department of Education's checkout library with bullying prevention resources.

Safe and Healthy Schools Video Library Resource List and Checkout Form

Take Action Against Bullying Bookmark 

Bookmark (pdf)

Resources & Links

Bullying Prevention & Internet Safety
 Students Against Violence Everywhere
Connect Safely
A Thin Line
Consumer Web Watch
A World of Difference Institute, A Classroom of Difference
AbilityPath.org
Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Bullying, Harassment, & Civil Rights
Bullying - National Crime Prevention Council
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Asperger's and Bullying: An Inclusive Educational Approach
Childnet International
Combating Bullying and Cyberbullying
Common Sense on Media for Educators
Cyberbullying and Internet Harassment
Cyberbullying Resource Center 
Cyberbullying Resource for Parents and Teachers
Edutopia.org
Embrace Civility
Eyes on Bullying
Facebook Safety Center
FTC: Computers and the Internet
Great Expectations / Eliminate bullying 
iKeepSafe
International Bullying Prevention Association
I-Safe
It's My Life
Keeping Students with Disabilities Safe from Bullying  
KidsHealth
Make Time To Listen
Media Smarts   
Medline Plus: Bullying
NASP Resource Library
National Autism Association – Protecting your Child from Bullying
National Centre Against Bullying
National Crime Prevention Council
National Criminal Justice Reference Service, U.S. Department of Justice, Internet Safety Information
National Cyber Security Alliance
NetSmartz
Office of Civil Rights—Prevention of Civil Rights Problems
OnGuard Online 
Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center
Prevent Cyberbullying and Internet Harassment
Preventing Bullying
Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network
SAMHSA Bullying App
Social Media
Social Media 101 for Parents 
Stand for the Silent
Stay Safe Online
Stop Bullying: Cyberbullying 
Stop Bullying Now
StopBullying.gov
STRYVE: Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere
Student Bullying Guide
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
Think U Know
Vulnerable Targets: Students with Disabilities and Bullying
Webonauts Internet Academy
Wired Safety
Youth Bullying:  What Does the Research Say?
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
Youth Violence Prevention

 

Last updated on September 14, 2016