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Bullying Prevention

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools bullying prevention webpage contains resources for parents, educators, and professionals serving children and youth in school and out-of-school settings. 

Bullying Prevention Consultation Line

1-866-716-0424

The toll-free Bullying Prevention Consultation Line invites individuals experiencing chronic and unresolved bullying to discuss effective strategies and available resources to manage school-based bullying. This resource was developed in collaboration with the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP), and is available at no cost to students, parents/guardians, and school districts across Pennsylvania. The Bullying Prevention and Consultation Line is 1-866-716-0424. Messages left will be returned during normal business hours Monday through Friday. Please note: this number is not monitored 24 hours a day/seven days a week and should not be used for emergencies.

Watch the PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line Video (YouTube)

Funding

Access information on Safe Schools Targeted Grants.

Resources

Center for Health Promotion and Disease Promotion
The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP), along with its existing local, regional, national and international partnerships, serves as a model U.S. health program. The Center staff members are dedicated to prevention, health promotion and wellness, as well as the identification of positive changes in behavior and health for the citizens of our community. The CHPDP implements evidence-based initiatives with the goal of improving the health of the children and adults we serve. We monitor and evaluate all of our programs to determine project impact.  Our dedicated staff has authored and co-authored along with the Highmark Foundation several comprehensive publications and journal articles to report on our program outcomes.

Committee for Children
Mission statement: To foster the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development. COVID-19 Response: Find new on-demand, teacher-led lessons, videos and free resources for educators, students and families. Topics include SEL, Second Step middle school remote learning advisory guide, lessons and activities.

Common Sense Media
Since 2003, Common Sense has been the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. Every day, millions of parents and educators trust Common Sense reviews and advice to help them navigate the digital world with their kids. Together with policymakers, industry leaders, and global media partners, we're building a digital world that works better for all kids, their families, and their communities.

Cyberbullying Research Institute
The Cyberbullying Research Institute is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. Their website features online cyberbullying resources for parents, educators, and youth. Their website also features online resources on topics such as: Coronavirus, Online Learning, Social Isolation, and Cyberbullying: How To Support Our Students.

Facing History and Ourselves
Uses lessons from history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. Access free resources and lessons plans to support teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Making Caring Common
A project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mission: Our vision is a world in which children learn to care about others and the common good, treat people well day to day, come to understand and seek fairness and justice, and do what is right even at times at a cost to themselves.  We believe that young people with these capacities will become community members and citizens who can strengthen our democracy, mend the fractures that divide us, and create a more caring, just world.

  • Confronting the Coronavirus Outbreak: An ongoing series about how schools and families can respond to change and disruption, build resilience, and help young people learn and thrive at home. Topics include "Building a Welcoming Community in Your Online Classes" and "Creative Connections While You Are Apart."

  • Cultivating Empathy in the Coronavirus Crisis: Strategies for adults to help children avoid isolation and self-focus and on how to shift their attention and concern to the needs of others.

PACER Center
Mission: PACER Center enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her highest potential. PACER operates on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others. Access PACER Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Families.

Onspire Learning Network
An online educational service provided by Educational Development Software (EDS) – a company that specializes in student support programs helping students and supporting educators.  EDS is proud to serve over 1700 schools in PA, NJ, TX and MS and continues to maintain its singular focus – creating comprehensive effective learning solutions for K – 12 schools.   From online reporting systems to evidence supported online professional development opportunities, EDS focuses on anti -bullying reporting and management, intervention programs and student assistance.

Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Toolkit
Resources for parents, educators and professionals serving children, youth and families.

Safe2SaySomething
Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to "say something" BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it's easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.

StopBullying.gov
StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

STOPit Solutions
STOPit Solutions is an anonymous reporting and help system that provides students state-of-the-art tools to get help for themselves and others. Over 6,000 K-12 schools nationwide use STOPit, helping thousands of students and school communities each day.

The School for Ethical Education (SEE)
Teaches strategies to put ethics in action for positive student character formation. Access free lesson plans on topics such as Ethical Capitalism in a Pandemic. Access professional development on topics such as Achieving with Integrity (Seminar).

Webinars

5 Tips To Stay Safe and Adjust to Distance Learning
Melissa Straub covers five tips for parents, teachers, and students to consider during the current disruptions to our lives related to COVID-19.

Bullying Prevention and Social Emotional Learning (SEL): What Can I Do Now?
Presenter: Leah Galkowski, Safe Schools Coordinator, Center for Safe Schools

Meeting the Challenge of Bullying Prevention in a Digital Learning Environment
Presenters from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) share ideas for establishing a safe, welcoming virtual classroom and discuss how to promote social connection with physical distance.

School Health Spotlights from the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
School Heath Spotlights are online continuing education sessions featuring community health professionals. Spotlight topics reflect current school health issues for schools, parents and caregivers, and student-serving professionals, such as three tiers for bullying prevention, cyberbullying, and meaningful bullying prevention, among other topics.

Trauma-Sensitive Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Feeling safe and supported while learning at home. Webinar presented by Jennifer Sanderlin, a senior education partnerships manager at Committee for Children.