Responding to BullyingHow you and your entire school community respond to bullying makes a huge difference in both the moment the bullying occurs and preventing bullying in the future.
How Bullying Affects a SchoolBullying negatively affects the atmosphere of the school and disrupts the learning environment:
- Student achievement suffers among both the students who are bullied and those who engage in bullying. Students who bully and students who are bullied by others are more likely to skip and/or drop out of school.
- Teacher morale declines amid harmful social dynamics in the classroom that interfere with discipline and learning.
- Adult-student relationships suffer. Students who witness bullying can become fearful and develop the belief that the adults are not in control or are uncaring.
- Parent confidence and trust in the school erodes when students experience bullying or are accused of bullying others.
- What We Know About Bullying [PDF 397 KB]
- Myths About Bullying [PDF 210 KB]
- Best Practices in Bullying Prevention and Intervention [PDF 525 KB]
- A Guide to Developing, Maintaining and Succeeding With Your School Resource Officer Program
- Bullying Among Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Needs [PDF 681 KB]
- Bullying in Out-of-School Time Programs: Tips for Youth-Serving Professionals and Volunteers [PDF 566 KB]
- Youth Violence Prevention (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Electronic Aggression (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- The ABCs of Bullying: Addressing, Blocking, and Curbing School Aggression (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
- Sample Newsletter Article: Bullying Among Children and Youth [PDF 436 KB]
- Bullying and Victimization: What Adults Can Do (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
- Bullying Among Children and Youth on Perceptions and Differences in Sexual Orientation [PDF 681 KB]