Bullying

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Kentucky’s New Definition of Bullying

KRS Definition of Bullying: Amend KRS 158.148 to define “bullying”; require a school board’s code of acceptable behavior to prohibit bullying; require the code to include procedures for investigating and responding to reports of bullying and a method to protect a person reporting a bullying incident.

(1) (a) As used in this section, “bullying” means any unwanted verbal, physical, or social behavior among students that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and is repeated or has the potential to be repeated:

1. That occurs on school premises, on school-sponsored transportation, or at a school-sponsored event; or

2. That disrupts the education process.

(b) This definition shall not be interpreted to prohibit civil exchange of opinions or debate or cultural practices protected under the state or federal Constitution where the opinion expressed does not otherwise materially or substantially disrupt the education process.

Teacher Resources

Stopbullying.gov

SSI Bullying Website Image StopBullyinggovThis federal government website is managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. It includes information on bullying, cyberbullying, prevention of both, and many other useful resources. Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy. Some resources include: Why Some Youth Bully; Being Kind Helps Prevent Bullying and Bullying Prevention Training Center

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National Bullying Prevention Center

SSI Bullying Website Image Pacer National Bullying Prevention CenterPacer – Classroom Toolkits – There are activities for younger students, as well as middle and high school. Also, a student created toolkit is listed with videos, music and artwork designed by students for other students to use.  This is a great way to create a dialogue with your class.  They can be the solution and a superhero as they work together to stop bullying.

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Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum

SSI Bullying Website Image Common Sense MediaThis FREE, pioneering K -12 digital citizenship curriculum is designed to empower students to think critically and make informed choices about how they create, communicate, and treat others in our ever-evolving, 24/7 digital world.

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Billy Bully Lesson (By Ana Galan)

SSI Bullying Website Image Billy Bully pptCheck out your library for a copy of this school-yard counting book. It describes the good and bad behaviors in class. While reading the book aloud to your preschool through second grade students, use Powerpoint of visual aids to reinforce good behavior, counting and sequence. Click here for Powerpoint

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Wheel of Bullying

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Wheel of Bullying pptThis interactive question and answer Powerpoint covering bullying prevention has a “Wheel of Fortune” format. As the game is played students are quizzed on types of bullying and cyber-bullying activities. This Powerpoint is good for upper-elementary to high school students.

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Operation Respect

SSI Bullying Website Image Operation RespectOperation Respect is a non-profit organization working to assure each child and youth a respectful, safe and compassionate climate of learning where their academic, social and emotional development can flourish.

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Committee for Children Curriculum

SSI Bullying Website Image Committee For ChildrenThe researched based STEPS TO RESPECT program teaches elementary students to recognize, refuse, and report bullying, be assertive, and build friendships. In fact, a recent study found that the program led to a 31 percent decline in bullying and a 70 percent cut in destructive bystander behavior. This curriculum is one example of an evidence-based curriculum.

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The Owning Up™ Lessons

SSI Bullying Website Image Owning Up CurriculumPresent a unique and comprehensive approach to preventing youth violence by targeting the root causes of bullying and other forms of social cruelty. It exposes the cultural expectations that teach young people to humiliate and dehumanize others as the way to achieve power and respect, then challenges them to transform this dynamic. A CD is included for a nominal fee.

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OJJDP RESOURCE HELPS SCHOOLS IMPLEMENT EVIDENCE-BASED BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAMS

Stopbullying.gov – Schools across the U.S. frequently confront the issue of bullying among their student population. … The newest feature of OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide website, the I-Guide analyzes research and evaluation to identify how bullying prevention programs have been implemented in schools.

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Online Bullying - Tips

SSI Bullying Website Image NetSmartzNetSmartz – 19% of teens report having been bullied either in person, online, by text, or by phone. Half of bullied teens say they were bullied in multiple ways. Resources to help deal with cyberbullying – such as “Cyberbullying Unplugged (PDF)”.

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Thinkfinity- High Interest Novel for Struggling Readers

SSI Bullying Website Image ThinkfinitySix 90-minute sessions for 9-12 graders. Using a realistic, high-interest novel (The Bully by Paul Langan) and interactive reading strategies, students discuss many issues that surround bullying and consider what they themselves can do to prevent bullying.

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YouTube Animated Story of Spookley

SSI Bullying Website Image SpookleyElementary Lesson Plan – Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Pacer is a square pumpkin who lives in a round pumpkin patch world. In The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, a perennial fall favorite children’s story, Spookley helps you understand that the things that make you different are what make you special.

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HOW TO INTERVENE IN A BULLYING INCIDENT

SSI Bullying Website Image NEA How to Intervene in a Bullying IncidentNational Education Association – It is our responsibility as educators to know how and what we are expected to do, and how laws and policies support our actions. For example, when you intervene in a bullying incident, you are not infringing on the bullying student’s right to free speech. … Ultimately, the steps to take to intervene should be trained and discussed as a part of a comprehensive school-wide bullying prevention program.

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Teaching Kids about Bullying

SSI Bullying Website Image NCPC BullyingBullying is a devastating form of abuse that can have long-term effects on youthful victims, robbing them of self-esteem, isolating them from their peers, causing them to drop out of school, and even prompting health problems … This site includes resources that include advice, training, publications, programs, podcasts, etc. to help address bullying issues. (National Crime Prevention Council)

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Counselors & Media Specialists Bullying Book Discussion Guide

SSI Bullying Website Image Scholastic Discussion GuideIncludes Connections to Common Core State Standards @ RHTeachersLibrarians.com. School Counselor, Laura Barbour has taught and counseled children from preschool through high school and presently works as an elementary professional school counselor at Stafford Primary School in West Linn, Oregon. (Random House Inc)

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Conflict Resolution: Activity Ideas

SSI Bullying Website Image PBS Conflict ResolutionStudents in grades 2-5 can use these activities to practice skills in resolving conflicts with bullies and help them think critically about logical resolutions.  Teasing is Tough  – Get children to talk about how it feels to be teased. Work together to create coping strategies, in this activity from Arthur. (PBS Learning Media)

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PACER's Site 4 Teens

SSI Bullying Website Image Pacers Teens Against BullyingThis site for middle and high school students includes interactive sections on defining bullying, feelings about bullying, how to respond to bullying and scenarios/ testimonials from students who have been bullied. Search the website by clicking on the headings across the top of page, “Identify”, “Respond”, “Listen” etc., to access useful and up-to-date information about how to approach and prevent bullying. (PACER’S National Center for Bully Prevention)

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Kids Against Bullying Site

SSI Bullying Website Image Pacers Kids Against BullyingThis site has many creative resources to educate elementary students about bullying. It includes an animated cast of characters, information, celebrity videos, Webisodes, interactive games, animation, contests, and other activities. (PACER’S National Center for Bully Prevention) 

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A Frill a Minute

SSI Bullying Website Image PBS Frill a MinuteIn this Dinosaur Train episode, the Pteranodon kids and Tank Triceratops play games at Big Pond, where they discuss the purpose of Tank’s frill, and outsmart a bully. They learn that Tank’s frill is a defense mechanism which makes the Triceratops look threatening to potential predators. (Stream Only)

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Helping Drew

SSI Bullying Website Image PBS Helping DrewIn this episode of NJEA’s Classroom Close-up, pre-K and kindergarten students at Teaneck‘s Bryant Elementary School get an early anti-bullying lesson from a teacher-produced puppet show called “Helping Drew”. Elementary school educator, Alex Ishkanian, combines his passion for the performing arts and his education background to create engaging, dramatic programs for elementary-school-aged students. (Stream, Download and Share)

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The Foundation for a Better Life

SSI Bullying Website Image Foundation Better Life videosThe Foundation for a Better Life creates public service campaigns to communicate positive values. “Locker” – In this motivational commercial a boy is accosted by bullies at school, but pleasantly surprised when he is helped by another student. This models a positive example of reaching out to someone else in need. “Cafeteria” – Girls are sometimes more verbally aggressive and this commercial shows how a new student is mistreated, just because she is new. On a positive note, she is rescued by a student doing the right thing by making a choice to treat her with respect.

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The Ned Program

SSI Bullying Website Image The Ned ProgramThe Ned Program school-wide character education program centers around a 45 minute assembly called The NED Show. NED is a loveable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. Teachers love that NED is simple, relatable and kid-focused.

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Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

SSI Bullying Website Image OlweusThe Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop.

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Handouts

Myths of Bullying Handout

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Myths of Bullying handoutTopics on this handout include: “Shattering the Myths of Bullying”, “You Can Help”, “Who’s the Bully… Not My Child!”, and “Why don’t kids ask for help?” (KCSS 2-Sided Flyer)

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What is Bullying? Handout

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS What Is handoutTopics on this handout include: “Characteristics of those who bully”, “Alarming Stats”, “Characteristics of Victims”, and “Long-Term Effects of Bullying” (KCSS 2-Sided Flyer)

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Student Bullying Handout

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Students handoutTopics on this handout include: “What is Bullying?” “Are you bullying others?” “Students: What’s with those who bully?” “Tell it or Spell it,” “Watch Out Online!” and “Students: What you can do.” (KCSS 2-Sided Flyer)

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Parents’ Bullying Handout

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Parents handoutTopics on this handout include: “What is Bullying?”, “Have they been guilty of bullying someone else?”, “Parents: How to talk about bullying”, “What’s up with all the bullying behavior?”, “5 Tips for parents to prevent bullying”, and “Parents: Watch OUT online!”  (KCSS 2-Sided Flyer)

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Bullying: Suggestions For Educators

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Educators handoutEducate the school staff and students on the real definition of bullying. Be consistent when enforcing policies and codes of conduct (after these have been revised and work for your school).  (KCSS)

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Conflict vs. Bullying

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Conflict v Bullying handoutWhen talking with your students use these handouts. Everyone needs to know the difference in conflict and bullying, and telling and tattling. Review these in classrooms and place on the wall to refer to every now and then.  (KCSS)

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Telling vs. Tattling

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Telling v Tattling handoutWhen talking with your students use these handouts. Everyone needs to know the difference in conflict and bullying, and telling and tattling. Review these in classrooms and place on the wall to refer to every now and then.  (KCSS)

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Bullying Prevention Checklist

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Prevention handoutJon Akers, Executive Director of KCSS, offers suggestions for principals to consider when establishing bullying/harassment standards within their respective schools. This is not an all-inclusive list…but it is a good start for principals to reflect and act accordingly. (KCSS) 

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KCSS Mean Girl Bullying Handout

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Mean Girls handoutParent Tips Suggestions include: Involve girls in activities outside of school so they are exposed to different types of people, and, encourage relationships with adults and other children who appreciate them for who they are.

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TERRORISTIC THREATENING

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS School ThreatsIf someone threatens a school or school activity in any way that causes the school to have to evacuate (to keep students and teachers safe), that is called terroristic threatening.

  • It’s not a joke!
  • It’s not a prank!
  • It’s not for fun!
  • It’s against the law!
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Talk to Your Child About Bullying

SSI Bullying Website Image Pacers Talk Child Bullying handoutParents can prepare themselves to talk with their children by considering how they are going to handle their child’s questions and emotions. They can also decide what information they would like to give their child about bullying. (From PACER)
English Handout
Spanish Handout

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Threats at School

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Threats handoutThis handout addresses online “Threats at School.” Many students are not aware of the fact that all social media acquire and log “IP addresses” even Snapchat. Two-paged handout to help you explain how law enforcement can obtain anyone’s personal information from any of these apps. Then law enforcement can find the offending student and press charges. The student who creates, reposts or sends the fear-provoking material will suffer the consequences of this felony.

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“Kindness Counts” bookmarks

SSW 2020 Resource Image Kindness Counts BookmarksBookmarks are fun and they are a great way to encourage students with a theme. This Seuss inspired bookmark is for early elementary and rhymes. It promotes kindness and sharing. Everyday, let’s enjoy reading and show kindness, helping make our schools a great place to learn and grow.

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PowerPoints and Videos

Mean Girls, Beware the Pack is Back!!!

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Mean Girls pptAs school begins we need to be aware that “The Pack is Back.” Mean girls will be in your halls in full force. In this presentation we will identify “The Mean Girl Pack” and do soul searching to identify who we are and how to become a better person a “Super Hero.” Mean girls use relational aggression which is a kind of social torment (bullying) that often exists without parents and teachers even noticing. 

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Wheel of Bullying

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Wheel of Bullying pptThis interactive question and answer Powerpoint covering bullying prevention has a “wheel of fortune” format. As the game is played students are quizzed on types of bullying and cyber-bullying activities. This Powerpoint is good for upper-elementary to high school students.

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Bullying Prevention Powerpoint: Project Respect

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Project Respect pptThousands of students stay home every day because they fear harassment or bullying at school. More than one-third of Kentucky high school students say that they have been bullied. Learn how to combat bullying and create a safer learning environment with a positive message the whole school can rally around: RESPECT!

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Bullying Prevention Powerpoint

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Prevention pptTo be used with school administrators when dealing with bullying problems in their schools. It can accompany the Bully Prevention Checklist below by Jon Akers, executive director of the Ky Center for School Safety. Bullying Prevention Checklist

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KET Health Three60 Video Program: "When Children Are Cruel"

SSI Bullying Website Image KET When Children Are CruelBullying has become a serious concern in school districts across the state and in the nation. Host Renee Shaw and guests explore the impact of bullying on students today, the role of bystander intervention, and how schools are implementing anti-bullying programs.

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The Foundation for a Better Life

SSI Bullying Website Image Foundation Better Life videosThe Foundation for a Better Life creates public service campaigns to communicate positive values. “Locker – In this motivational commercial a boy is accosted by bullies at school, but pleasantly surprised when he is helped by another student. This models a positive example of reaching out to someone else in need. “Cafeteria” – Girls are sometimes more verbally aggressive and this commercial shows how a new student is mistreated, just because she is new. On a positive note, she is rescued by a student doing the right thing by making a choice to treat her with respect.

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Administrator Resources

Types of Bullying
  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes things like teasing, name-calling, Inappropriate sexual comments or threatening.
  • Social bullying refers to as relational bullying which involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying might be for example; leaving someone out of a group on purpose, spreading rumors about someone or embarrassing someone in public.
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or their possessions. Physical bullying includes such acts as; hitting, kicking, pinching, spitting, tripping, pushing, taking or breaking someone’s possessions.
  • Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Which includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

S.T.O.P.! Tipline - Safe School Reporting Tool

SSW 2020 Resource Image S.T.O.P.! Tipline Logo(Kentucky Office of Homeland Security) – Use this tip line (or call 1-866-393-6659) to report concerns of any kind, whether it be at home or at school. You may report anonymously, or choose to be contacted. This is a free service for all Kentuckians.

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Bullying Prevention Checklist

SSI Bullying Website Image KCSS Prevention handoutJon Akers, Executive Director of KCSS, offer suggestions for principals to consider when establishing bullying/harassment standards within their respective schools. This is not an all-inclusive list…but it is a good start for principals to reflect and act accordingly.

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Bullying in Schools (No. 12)

SSI Bullying Website Image COPS Bullying in SchoolsPerhaps more than any other school safety problem, bullying affects students’ sense of security. The most effective ways to prevent or lessen bullying require school administrators’ commitment and intensive effort; police interested in increasing school safety can use their influence to encourage schools to address the problem. This guide provides police with information about bullying in schools, its extent and its causes, and enables police to steer schools away from common remedies that have proven ineffective elsewhere, and to develop ones. (Department of Justice – COPS)

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COMMUNITY ACTION TOOLKIT

SSI Bullying Website Image StopBullying.Gov Community Action ToolkitStopBullying.gov – Every phase of community assessment, planning and evaluation entails a process of shared decision-making and coordination in carrying out the tasks assigned. Conducting a landscape assessment of bullying prevention strategies that may already exist in your community will inform your own efforts and provide a better understanding of how receptive your community will be to a bullying prevention campaign.

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FREE Hotline: What You Can Do to Help End Bullying

SSI Bullying Website Image Suicide Prevention LifelineWhile bullying doesn’t cause suicide, a stressful environment and persistent, emotional victimization can increase a person’s risk of suicide. Together, we can create awareness about the dangers of bullying and give emotional support to those who may be contemplating suicide. If you or someone you know is in an emotional distress or suicidal crisis, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) 

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OnGuardOnline.gov

SSI Bullying Website Image OnGuard OnlineOnGuardOnline.gov is a partner in the Stop. Think. Connect. campaign, led by the Department of Homeland Security, and part of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It has many free downloads and videos available for schools and communities. (The Federal Trade Commission) 

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KnowBullying Mobile App

SSI Bullying Website Image SAMHSA Know Bullying AppA free app from SAMHSA that can prevent bullying. Research shows that parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship and help prevent bullying. (From SAMHSA)

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Bullying Surveys

SSI Bullying Website Image SurveysHere are a few survey samples

Assess Bullying

SSI Bullying Website Image StopBullyinggov AssessAssessments—such as surveys—can help schools determine the frequency and locations of bullying behavior. They can also gauge the effectiveness of current prevention and intervention efforts. Knowing what’s going on can help school staff select appropriate prevention and response strategies. Assessments involve asking school or community members—including students—about their experiences and thoughts related to bullying. An assessment is planned, purposeful, and uses research tools. (StopBullying.gov)

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BULLYING AND HARASSMENT

SSI Bullying Website Image KY Department of Education KDE BullyingKentucky Department of Education – Bullying can come in a variety of forms such as verbal, social or relational, physical and cyberbullying. Quite frequently, when a child experiences a form of bullying, parents and/or school personnel need assistance in identifying possible solutions.

Regulations/Statutes

KRS 158.148 – Definition of “bullying” — discipline guidelines and model policy — local code of acceptable behavior and discipline — required contents of code
KRS 525.070 – Harassment
KRS 525.080 – Harassing Communications

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STUDENT DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES AND MODEL POLICIES

Kentucky Department of Education – Student Discipline Guidelines and model policies are published here in fulfillment of KRS 158.148(2)(c), which requires the Kentucky Department of Education to distribute, in even-numbered years, student discipline guidelines as well as model policies implementing the following Kentucky Revised Statutes: 158.148, 158.156, 158.162, 158.444, 525.070, and 525.080. (includes bullying, harassing, etc.)

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SCHOOL DISCIPLINE LAWS & REGULATIONS BY STATE & CATEGORY

SSI Bullying Website Image Safe Supportive Learning School Discipline LawsSafe Supportive Learning – U.S. Department of Education – Kentucky laws and regulations are listed.

LAWS

KRS 2.227. Anti-Bullying Month; KRS 158.156. Reporting of commission of felony KRS Chapter 508 offense against a student–Investigation–Immunity from liability for reporting–Privileges no bar to reporting; KRS 158.183. Prohibited acts by students–Rights of student–Duties of local board of education–Administrative remedies; KRS 525.070. Harassment; KRS 525.080. Harassing communications

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Map of State Bullying Policies & Laws

SSI Bullying Website Image StopBullyinggov LawState and local lawmakers have taken action to prevent bullying and protect children. Through laws (in their state education codes and elsewhere) and model policies (that provide guidance to districts and schools), each state addresses bullying differently. Each state refers to bullying in its laws and what they require on part of schools and districts. By clicking the link above you can access a map with each state’s information. (StopBullying.gov)

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US Education Department Releases Analysis of State Bullying Laws

SSI Bullying Website Image US Dept of Ed LawsThe U.S. Department of Education released … Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies, a new report summarizing current approaches in the 46 states with anti-bullying laws and the 41 states that have created anti-bullying policies as models for schools.

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Reports from the National Center for Education Statistics

SSI Bullying Website Image NCESReports from the National Center for Education Statistics, in the Institute of Education Sciences, use data collected in the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. Three Data Points released July 28, 2016 look at trends in reports of bullying, use of hate-related words, etc. in the nation’s schools. (1) Trends in Bullying at School Among Students Ages 12 to 18 (2) Trends in Hate-Related Words at School Among Students Ages 12 to 18 (3) Reports of Bullying and Other Unfavorable Conditions at School
Three Data Points released March 15, 2018 look at trends in reports of bullying, repetition and power imbalance as components of the uniform definition of bullying, and the relationship between students’ feelings of safety in school  … (1) Changes in Bullying Victimization and Hate-Related Words at School Since 2007  (2) Students’ Relationships in School and Feelings about Personal Safety at School (3) Repetition and Power Imbalance in Bullying Victimization at School