Stop Bullying Now!
Bullying Prevention Awareness Week
October 21-27, 2007

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October 24, 2007

ISSN: 1538-3202

Issue: 409
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Stop Bullying Now

Bullying Prevention - for Kids

Bullying Prevention - for Parents


Special Education Law & Advocacy Training
with Pete & Pam Wright


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More Resources from Wrightslaw

Behavior and Discipline
The Bullying Prevention Handbook

The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander

Protecting Students from Harassment and Hate Crimes

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Pete and Pam Wright
Wrightslaw & The Special Ed Advocate
P. O. Box 1008
Deltaville, VA 23043



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This is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week.

If you don't think bullying is a big problem, please think again. At Wrightslaw, we get letters every week asking advice about what to do when children are bullied... by peers, by older students, even by teachers.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate we'll provide information about bullying prevention and share effective ways to respond to bullying. We've listed dozens of resources that will provide strategies for dealing with bullying and how to prevent it.

This is Part 1 of a two part series on Bullying and Harassment in Schools. Don't fail to save this newsletter so that you will have the resource list available when you need information and guidance. Or, you can find this issue on Wrightslaw. Part 2 will follow next week.

You may know other children and families who have been affected by bullying. Please don't hesitate to share this issue with others.
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Stop Bullying Now! Reports and Resources

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 50% of children are bullied and l0% are victims of bullying on a regular basis. (The NYU Child Study Center, 2005.)

Kids who have learning disabilities (LD) or ADHD are especially vulnerable to bullying problems. Read Understanding Bullying and Its Impact on Kids with Learning Disabilities or AD/HD from

The PACER Center, a national parent center in Minnesota, has established a National Center for Bullying Prevention. Read about their campaign to empower schools, parents, and kids to end childhood harassment.

With an emphasis on children with disabilities, you'll find toolkits for daily activities, online bullying prevention training for parents, and informational handouts.

What works-and doesn't work-in bullying prevention and intervention. Read What Adults Can Do for best practices in bullying prevention from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Another excellent resource for parents, teachers and others who are trying to protect kids is a publication from the Office of Civil Rights, Protecting Students from Harassment and Hate Crime: A Guide for Schools. It includes a section on the definition of harassment based on disability and provides step-by-step guidance for developing a district's written anti-harassment policy.

You may want to ensure your school board has a copy of this publication from the OCR. Download a copy of the publication from Wrightslaw.

Take a Stand, Lend a Hand

Go to Stop Bullying Now! to find information, prevention, tips, and games.

You'll find webcasts and podcasts for kids about what bullying is and how to take a stand against bullying.

Free From (ED001366B) Preventing Bullying: A Manual For Schools and Communities: This document addresses the problem of bullying in schools and defines bullying, discusses the seriousness of this behavior and the effectiveness of a comprehensive approach, and presents strategies for teachers, students, and parents to use when dealing with bullying situations. It also provides examples of innovative and successful approaches used by schools in different parts of the country.

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Bullying Prevention - for Kids

Have your kids go to Pacer Kids Against Bullying. They'll find fun and games, real life stories, and smart stuff on how to "Spot it" and "Stop it."

Bullying is never okay. Here’s how you can be a kid against bullying!

From the PACER Center, read What Every Kid Needs to Know About Bullying.

A free e-book, The Bully, is available online for kids (and parents) who want to learn the signs of bullying and positive ways to cope with their feelings.

Don't be resigned to being a victim and don't fight back.

What do Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, David Beckham have in common? Find out in You Can Beat Bullying.

Go to Kidscape and use the Bully Pack. You'll find advice for kids of all ages...and parents, too.

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Bullying Prevention - for Parents

Watch for the warning signs. Does your child -

  • seem anxious or act differently?
  • not eat or sleep well, or do the usual things?
  • appear moodier or easily upset?
  • avoid situations like going to school, riding the bus?

In Preventing Bullying, Linda Lumsden identifies some of the warning signs, examines the problems caused by bullying, and discusses strategies to prevent this pervasive problem.

If you have not already discussed this with your child, be sure you do it now - Talk With Your Child About Bullying.

Your Three Step Plan to Stop Bullying. Learn how to take action at home and work with teachers and administrators to create a safer environment for all children.

The IEP and Bullying. Learn how to work with the IEP team to develop goals and supports for prevention and intervention against bullying.

Is Your Child the Bully?

It can be shocking and upsetting to learn that your child has gotten in trouble for picking on others or been labeled a bully.

  • Take bullying seriously.
  • Teach kids to treat others with respect and kindness.
  • Learn about your child's social life.
  • Encourage good behavior.
  • Set a good example.

Read Teaching Kids Not to Bully from KidsHealth.

If your child is the bully, do the victim and his or her parents have a right to know?

A special education teacher asks how much information about bullies should a school provide?
Pete and Pam answer in Confidentiality v. Parent's Need to Know.

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