This week the United States Department of Education released their Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies.
The department examined the extent to which states legislatively required schools to address bullying and what model policies were suggested. The major findings:
There are 46 states with bullying laws, 45 of which direct schools to adopt bullying policies. The vast majority of those laws, 43 of them, specify to some extent what constitutes bullying. There are 41 states with model policies on how to address bullying.
Thirteen states allow schools to have jurisdiction over cyberbullying that occurs off-campus under the premise that the actions can create a hostile school environment.
The study reviewed 20 specific school district policies. Half contain counseling provisions or other non-punitive behavioral interventions for students who bully others, and one out every five included provisions to address the mental health needs of students who are bullied.
Click here to read the report.
Education is the key to prevention of bullying and cyberbullying.
It is a community effort, starting at home and reaching into the schools. Both parents and teachers should be role models to youth today. How you treat your neighbor, your sibling, your friend, your co-worker – is all being watched by younger eyes.
Be the example….