Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Realistic Strategies for Schools, by Susan Swearer, Dorothy Espelage, and Scott Napolitano. Strategies for educators on how to deal with bullying from the ground up. A helpful guide for schools.
Schools Where Everyone Belongs, by Stan Davis. Guidelines for school-wide bullying prevention, drawing on the writer’s decades of experience as a school counselor and consultant. Davis is one of the most thoughtful voices in the bullying prevention world, and this is full of ideas for educators.
Bullying in North American Schools, edited by Dorothy Espelage and Susan Swearer. Documenting bullying cultures in schools across the country, the authors synthesize research data and present adaptable programs for combating bullying.
Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying, by Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin. Focusing on the Internet, the authors explain why it can invite and magnify bullying. Aimed at equipping teachers and parents to deal with online harassment of students.
Homophobic Bullying, by Ian Rivers. A theory of harassment based on sexual identity, drawing on psychology, sociology, anthropology, and ethology.
Classrooms and Courtrooms: Facing Sexual Harassment in K-12 Schools, by Nan Stein. Summaries of the key legal cases about sexual harassment, data from major surveys, and testimony from boys and girls about their experiences, good and bad, of turning to school authorities for help.
Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Aggression, Threats and
Distress, written by Nancy Willard and edited by Karen Steiner. A detailed guide for dealing with varying forms of cyberbullying, with sample incident report forms, Internet use policies, and fact sheets.
MOVIES AND VIDEOS
Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History. A thoughtful documentary about Jamie Nabozny, the first student to successfully sue his school district over anti-gay harassment. Excellent for classroom discussions with middle school and high school students. www.tolerance.org/bullied.
It’s Elementary. The film organization Groundspark offers practical ideas for how to talk with kids about gay people. groundspark.org.
Respect for All. Another Groundspark film, challenging stereotypes and helping student think about prejudice, bullying, and violence. groundspark.org.
ORGANIZATIONS AND PROGRAMS
Bully Busters is a step-by-step program for reducing bullying through the joint efforts of students, teachers and parents. The organization has also developed a teen mentoring program. www.bulybusters.com
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, works with schools and the public to educate about the dangers of homophobia, and to develop school climates in which diversity is celebrated. www.glsen.org.
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, founded in Norway, works with schools on three levels- the campus, the classroom, and the individual. In the United States, the federally funded Blueprints for Violence Prevention assessed more than nine hundred programs for juveniles and chose Olweus as one of only a dozen proved to be effective, and the only program specifically directed at bullying. (More in Chapter 7.) www.violencepreventionworks.org/public/index.page.
Peaceful Schools aims to stop school violence by training students and adults in mediation and conflict resolution. www.backoffbully.com
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework for improving school discipline. Research has shown that PBIS can reduce the rate of office referrals, suspensions and expulsions, and bullying. (More in Chapter 8.) www.pbis.org.
Roots of Empathy is a Canadian program that brings babies into classrooms, with their parents, to teach kids about infant development and caring for others. Student who have participated have shown less aggressive behavior, more acts of kindness, and better understanding of babies and their emotions. www.rootsofempathy.org.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center offers training, materials, and other assistance to suicide prevention practitioners and others in the field. The center helps college and university staffs, health care providers, and professionals in social services with technical assistance, toolkits, and research summaries. www.sprc.org.
The Youth Voice Project asks students about their perceptions of the best strategies for reducing bullying and harassment in school. More than thirteen thousand teenagers in thirty-one schools have taken the Youth Voice Project survey; the goal is to use students’ responses to determine the most helpful interventions. www.youthvoiceproject.com
College guide for LGBT students, www.accreditedcolleges.com/resources/lgbt-college-guide/
United Communities of San Antonio (UCSA), It is the intent of UCSA to make available a means to help the dialogue that is indispensable to the multi-cultural learning process, to reach out, understand and respect the different cultural styles of our increasingly diverse community. Each program/workshop is tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of the participants and sponsoring organizations. www.ucofsa.org/