If you want to know what your state is doing in regards to anti-bullying legislation, view this interactive map on bullying legislation across American, go to this link on the national government website. http://www.stopbullying.gov/laws/index.html
Bullying Leaves No Child Behind
Bullying impacts 100 percent of the youth in our public schools, whether that child is a victim, perpetrator, or a bystander—all feel the brunt of the problem. No child has been left behind on this issue, and research has shown that often adults are unaware of the extent of the problem. Regardless of the efforts, programs, and ideas thrown at this issue, according to studies a shocking amount of students say they have been bullied either through physical harm or through relational isolation.
For example, according to data from the NCES (National Center for Educational Statistics) about 20% of high school aged students are bullied daily at school and about 20% state that they are cyberbullied. The rates are shockingly higher among elementary and middle school children with 61% of girls and 60% of boys being relationally bullied one or more times per month (teased in a mean way), and that 22% of girls and 33% of boys were threatened with physical harm. Relational aggression, or being "ignored on purpose," impacted 46% of girls and 31% of boys. These statistics do not even illuminate the harm that comes to the bystanders who watch and fret over the bullying or the psychological harm that occurs to the actual bully.
Not only is this issue negatively impacting students at an alarming rate, it is also costing in another way as high school administrators spend 20% of their time on bullying issues, middle school administrators spend about 39% of their time, and elementary administrators spend about 20% of their time on these issues.
So how do school districts address this pervasive problem in a meaningful, long lasting way? Clearly, changes need to occur on a deeper level than offering short term programs or solutions. The Regional Office of Education (ROE) 24 is committed to helping school districts, parents, students, and the public in defining bullying, addressing the causes and forces that allow bullying to exist, learn to effectively intervening when bullying occurs, and ultimately in preventing bullying behavior and the devastation it can have on the lives of students and their peers and families.
Join ROE24 in its quest to provide data-driven, evidence-based best practice solutions to the prevention of bullying. All students deserve to have a positive childhood, and all students deserve the opportunity to become adults that have learned to behave in a way that fosters model social behaviors. Look through these ever-updated pages for ways to help your community attack this problem.