The American Psychological Association (n.d.) defines bullying as “a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words, or more subtle actions. The bullied individual typically has trouble defending him or herself and does nothing to ‘cause’ the bullying.”
Youth and adults who are deemed “different” in some way, including having a disability, may be targets of bullying.
There are a number of online resources that address bullying including the following:
American Psychological Association Bullying Web Page
This web page defines bullying and describes actions that parents, teachers, and students can take to prevent and stop bullying. It also has links to APA articles, books, and resources such as a module for teachers that explains how to prevent bullying and intervene when it occurs.
Center for Safe Schools
The Center for Safe Schools has been committed to serving as a statewide clearinghouse for schools, law enforcement, parents and others on school safety and youth violence prevention and is committed to preventing and reducing the incidents of bullying in schools through technical assistance, training, evaluation, and research.
Dealing with Bullying
This web page from KidsHealth has information for parents, kids, and teens including the reasons that people are bullied such as appearance and social status.
National Bullying Prevention Center
This website from the PACER Center, founded by parents of children with disabilities, includes information on a number of resources including the “WE WILL Generation” bullying prevention movement led by students, stories by youth who are bullied, and an online digital petition.
Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2013
This June 2014 report from the National Center for Education Statistics presents statistics on crime and safety at schools and on college campuses using data collected from students, teachers, principals, and postsecondary institutions, drawing from an array of sources. The report covers topics such as victimization, bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, the presence of security staff at school, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and criminal incidents at postsecondary institutions.
Preventing and Handling Bullying of Students With Significant Cognitive Disabilities Schoolwide
This blog post from Review 360 Behavior Matters highlights some recommendations for avoiding bullying schoolwide and in the classroom.
Risk and Protective Factors Associated with the Bullying Involvement of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
This Review 360 Behavior Matters blog post describes recent research relating to the fluidity of the bully/victim dynamic with regard to students with emotional and behavioral disorders, as well as synthesizes information from Rose and Espelage (2012) who examined rates of bullying involvement and the intersection of individual attributes among middle school students identified with specific disabilities and their peers without disabilities.
STOMP Out Bullying™
STOMP Out Bullying™ describes itself as “the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S.” Its website contains news, events, public service announcements, videos, first-hand stories of bullying, a help/chat line for kids and teens, and more.
This website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has information on bullying and related topics such as cyber-bullying, at-risk groups, prevention, where to find help, policies, laws, videos, resources, and a blog.
American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Bullying web page. Washington, DC: Author. Available at http://www.apa.org/topics/bullying/
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