Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Bullying: Prevalence & Resources: In Each State There Is a Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center Which Provides Technical Assistance to Families as Well as Professionals. PTIs Provide Information about the Rights of the Students and the Responsibilities of the Districts

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Bullying: Prevalence & Resources: In Each State There Is a Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center Which Provides Technical Assistance to Families as Well as Professionals. PTIs Provide Information about the Rights of the Students and the Responsibilities of the Districts

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Research shows that children with disabilities are even more likely to be the victims of bullying than their peers without special needs. Special initiatives have been created to address this issue. Families and professionals need to know that both the victim and bully need help.

PREVALENCE

The rate of bullying for was almost 25 percent in elementary school, and up to 34.1 percent in middle school. (i) Almost half of children with autism are subjected to bullying. (ii) Research shows that students with any kind of disability are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their non-disabled peers. (iii)

ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAMS

Stop Bullying Now: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources has a website called Stop Bullying Now. They recognized that bullying was a systemic issue affecting all children that needed to be addressed. The website has tips on defining bullying, including cyberbullying, how to prevent it, what to do when it happens, and where to get help. There is also an interactive map where families and professionals can find the applicable laws in their state. The information is available in both English and Spanish.

Perhaps the best feature of the site is a special section for children themselves. This section has facts about bullying, what kids can do about it, instructional videos, and fun games. This is especially important as research has shown that over half the time bullying stops immediately if a bystander intervenes, even if it is another child. (iv) This section of the website has four colorful buttons to links that are easy for children to use. The only downside is that, unfortunately, the section for children is only available in English.

Violence Prevention Works! Home of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program: It is important that schools use an effective bullying prevention and intervention program if they are going to reduce or stop bullying. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is an evidence-based intervention that has worked not only in the US but across the world. The Violence Prevention Works! Website has tips for administrators, teachers, and parents (in English and Spanish) on recognizing bullying, the warning signs of bullying, the impact of bullying, cyber-bullying, what to do when witnessing bullying, and how to advocate for a bullying prevention program at your school.

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports Center: The National Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, funded by the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs, has a wealth of resources on bullying prevention including a manual and tools in English, Spanish and French focused on reducing bullying behavior through the use school-wide positive behavioral supports.

Stomp Out Bullying: Stomp Out Bullying is a website targeted to kids and teens. Its motto is Stop the Drama. End the Hate. Stomp out Bullying! There's a help chat line for children who are being bullied, a blog, and pages for administrators, educators, and parents. …

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