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Research Findings
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Website Icon Brief on Suicide and Bullying
This Issue Brief, from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, examines the relationship between suicide and bullying among children and adolescents, with special attention to LGBTQ youth. The document explores strategies and action steps for ...

Website Icon Bullying in Schools: An Overview
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (OJJDP) produces a Bullying in Schools bulletin series that summarizes findings from OJJDP-funded research on peer victimitization. In this edition, researchers from the National Center for School ...

PDF Icon Bullying Surveillance among Youths
Bullying Surveillance among Youths: Uniform Definitions for Public Health and Recommended Data Elements is designed as a tool to help researchers/evaluators, educators, public health officals and others gather systematic data on bullying to better ...

Website Icon BySTANDer Revolution - Take the Power Out of Bullying
Bystander Revolution differs from many other anti-bullying organizations in that it offers solutions for bystanders and allies, in addition to the targets of bullying. Hundreds of unscripted videos featuring students, celebrities, and leaders ...

Website Icon Common Sense Media Curriculum - Administrators, Teachers, Counselors
Go way beyond Internet safety! Turn students into great digital citizens. Get all the tools you need with this FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum and Parent Media Education Program. The relevant, ready-to-use instruction helps you ...

PDF Icon Cyberbullying Research Summary - Cyberbullying & Self-Esteem
A research brief discussing the relationship between cyberbullying and self-esteem. Includes definitions, highlights from the research and more.

Website Icon Enhancing Child Safety & Online Technologies
Final report of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force to the Multi-State working group on Social Networking of the State Attorney Generals of the United States. Many youth in the United States have fully integrated the Internet into their daily ...

PDF Icon Guiding Principles – A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline
Published by the U.S. Department of Education, this resource guide draws from emerging research and best practices to describe three key principles and related action steps to assist states, school districts, charter school operators, school ...

Website Icon Institute of Education Science - National Center for Education Evaluation
This study tested 51 characteristics of bullying victimization, bullying victims, and bullying victims schools to determine which were associated with reporting to school officials. It found that 11characteristics in two categoriesbullying ...

Website Icon Kidsdata.org
Serving as a gateway to comprehensive data about the health and well being of children across California, this website makes it easy to monitor trends and pinpoint disparities. Users can easily find shareable data from more than 35 trusted public ...

Website Icon More Than Just Mean Girls: A Series on Relational Aggression
Produced by the University of Minnesota, Extension - These Lessons from the Field include a series of three video conferences addressing the issue of relational aggression. Topics include: What is Relational Aggression and How Is It a ...

Website Icon Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is a school-wide program designed to improve peer relations to prevent and/or reduce bullying in the elementary and junior high school setting. OBPP has also been adapted successfully for high school ...

Website Icon Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy and Practice 2016 - NEW!
Bullying behavior is a major public health problem demanding the concerted and coordinated time and attention of parents, educators/administrators, health care providers, policymakers, and others concerned with the care of children. Preventing ...

PDF Icon Sexting: A Brief Guide for Educators and Parents
Defines the term sexting, examines youth prevalence, provides a review of the research and offers suggestions for how school personnel should handle incidents involving sexting.

Website Icon Steps to Respect: Bullying Prevention for Elementary School
Bullying prevention program for 3rd-6th grade. Training encompasses all staff, including a family overview session. Staff assess current practices and implement strategies to increase awareness and responsiveness, help students victimized by ...

PDF Icon Trends in Adolescent Online Social Networking
In 2006, researchers Patchin and Hinduja conducted an extensive content analysis of over 2300 randomly-sampled adolescent MySpace profile pages to determine the extent to which youth were posting personal information and publicly expressing or ...

PDF Icon Understanding the Psychology of Bullying
With growing recognition that bullying is a complex phenomenon, influenced by multiple factors, research findings to date have been understood within a social-ecological framework. Recognizing the fluid and dynamic nature of involvement in ...

Website Icon A Foundation for Bullying Prevention
The Committee for Childrens website offers a PowerPoint slide presentation that provides an overview of bullying. Topics include: how bullying differs from conflict prevalence in schools the role of bystanders recommendations for ...

Website Icon American Educational Research Association - Research File: Bullying Prevention & School Safety
School safety, including the prevention of bullying, is a top national priority and a key area of academic research. In recent years, AERA and its journals have examined many aspects of bullying and school safety. This compendium of articles ...

Website Icon Bully-Proofing Your School - BPYS
BPYS is a nationally recognized comprehensive school safety program. Designed for handling bully/victim problems through the creation of a caring majority of students trained to take the lead in establishing and maintaining a safe and caring ...

Website Icon Bullying and Cyberbullying Laws Across America
A brief review of State bullying and cyberbullying laws and policies compiled by Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D. and Jason Patchin, Ph.D. of the Cyberbullying Research Center. The document summarizes the current state of cyberbullying bills and laws across ...

Website Icon Bullying Hurts
Bullying can be physical, verbal, or psychological. In this 16-minute video presentation, Christine Laehle explains bullying and teasing, types of bullying, characteristics and warning signs of a target and a bully, and bystander effect. Laehle ...

Website Icon California Department of Education School Safety Resources
The California Department of Education's Safe Schools web page offers a list of available training opportunities, resources and technical assistance to help establish school/community environments that are physically and emotionally safe, well ...

Website Icon California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
This site provides information related to selected child welfare programs. Programs featured on the site are being used in California to promote child and family well-being. Resources are listed by topic areas including behavior management, parent ...

Website Icon California Healthy Kids Survey
A California statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors and risk behaviors of students in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11. The survey features three main domains: Physical Health, Safety and Social Emotional Health. Data is collected for each domain ...

PDF Icon California State Auditor Report: School Safety and Non-discrimination Laws
California has enacted laws related to discrimination, harassment, and bullying that in some cases go beyond the protections offered by federal law. As requested by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, the California State Auditor prepared ...

Website Icon Caring School Community (CSC)
A key feature of this universal K-6 school climate program is the school-wide implementation of the model. CSC focuses on strengthening students’ connectedness to school thereby increasing academic motivation and achievement and reducing drug use, ...

Website Icon Center for Safe Schools
A statewide clearinghouse for educators, law enforcement, parents and others on school safety and youth violence prevention. Located in Pennsylvania, it is one of 20 Statewide School Safety Centers in the nation. CSC offerings include professional ...

Website Icon Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV)
Housed at the University of Colorado Boulder, the CSPV disseminates information/resources, offers technical assistance and conducts research related to understanding and preventing violence, particularly adolescent violence. The website provides a ...

Website Icon Classroom Prevention Program
A first-grade program that combines a classroom management strategy called The Good Behavior Game with an enhanced academic curriculum in language arts and math. A Critique of the Week component addresses topics related to healthy lifestyles. ...

PDF Icon Common Sense Reasoning for Detection, Prevention, and Mitigation of Cyberbullying
This research article offers new insight into the problem of cyberbullying and current efforts for its prevention. Cyberbullying (harassment on social networks) is widely recognized as a serious social problem, especially for adolescents. While ...

Website Icon Community Action Planning: "Building Prevention and Response Training Module"
These Bullying Prevention Training Module materials are designed to support community and school efforts in the presentation of research-based resources that can help lead bullying prevention efforts. Slides help present the latest information and ...

Website Icon Community Matters
The programs and services of Community Matters include components of the Whole School Climate Framework. They are modular, providing the flexibility to address a school's specific culture, needs and goals: Cyberbullying Solutions Safe School ...

PDF Icon Cyberbullying and Strain
A Research Summary factsheet from the Cyberbullying Research Center providing insight on a current study using a popular contemporary criminological theory-general strain theory (GST)- to contribute to what is known about the factors associated with ...

Website Icon Direct From the Field: A Guide to Bullying Prevention
Developed as a joint project of three state agencies in Massachusetts, Direct from the Field was designed to assist educators in creating a bullying prevention program to meet the unique needs of their respective communities. The Guide includes ...

Website Icon Educators for Social Responsibility - ESR
ESR works directly with educators to implement systemic practices that create safe, caring, and equitable schools so that all young people succeed in school and life, and help shape a safe school. The website includes information on professional ...

PDF Icon Electronic Media and Youth Violence - A CDC Issue Brief for Researchers
Electronic media play an integral role in the lives of all people. The rapid evolution of technology in various forms has significantly influenced the way people live and interact. These new technologies have become mainstay for how people, ...

Website Icon Fix School Discipline
Produced by the Public Counsel of California, this website contains a toolkit to support and guide schools in addressing discipline and creating positive climates for student learning and wellness. Numerous resources are listed and specific ...

Website Icon Foundations Recovery Network: Research Outcomes
Foundations Recovery Networks mission is to be the leader in evidence-based integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders through clinical services, education and research. Their publications provide important ...

Website Icon Gateway Drugs: How Does Addiction Start? Implications for Bullying Behavior
This article provides a comprehensive overview of the concept of gateway drugs put together by the drug abuse and treatment experts at Foundations Recovery Network. With over 23 research citations and visual aids, the guide is both comprehensive ...

Website Icon Girls Circle and The Council for Boys and Young Men
One Circle Foundation offers three models Girls Circle, The Council for Boys and Young Men, and Womens Circle. The programs employ evidence-based principles of a strengths-based approach, motivational interviewing strategies and a strong focus on ...

PDF Icon Hamilton Fish Institute: The 411 on Bullying
The Hamilton Fish Institute compiled this comprehensive research-based document on the topic of bullying. Starting with the basic 4-1-1 that includes a definition, normal conflict vs. bullying behaviors, common examples and types of bullies and ...

Website Icon Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature
A full research monograph of work by the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida. In this document you will find a detailed summary of the science of implementation. The study of the findings of research ...

Website Icon KiVa Antibullying Program
A school-wide intervention that addresses individual-, classroom-, and school-level factors. Manuals and curricula are developmentally targeted, for grades OneThree, FourSix, and SevenNine. Materials are available to provide information and advice ...

Website Icon Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence
A comprehensive life skills program designed for schoolwide and classroom implementation for grades 6-8 (ages 10-14). The program employs a variety of instructional strategies, including inquiry, discussion and group work. Eighty 45-minute ...

Website Icon Love Is Not Abuse
This curriculum deals with sensitive issues related to dating abuse. During their teenage years, when they are no longer children, but not yet adults many young people begin to form their first romantic relationships. Dating violence/abuse is ...

Website Icon National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. NCTSNs collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and ...

Website Icon National School Climate Center (NSCC)
A safe and supportive school environment nurtures social, ethical, and academic growth. NSCC focuses on promoting a healthy learning climate by providing a variety of resources, programs, and best practices related to bullying prevention and ...

Website Icon Not The Target
Not the Target provides individual counseling services and anti-bullying programs for schools, students, parents and therapists. The website offers information on bullying and cyberbullying prevention training, resources and more. ...

Website Icon One Circle Foundation
The One Circle Foundation assists communities and agencies in recognizing and reporting abuse and neglect; development of school based support systems for mandated reporters and creating public service announcements. The organization is dedicated ...

Website Icon Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework for achieving improved academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. It guides intervention at the school and district level by a structure to support the adults and students ...

Website Icon Project Cornerstone
A YMCA of Silicon Valley initiative offering programs for students, teachers/staff and parents/caregivers to prevent bullying and promote a positive school climate/culture. Student workshops address consequences of bullying and how to identify and ...

Website Icon Que Es El Acoso - StopBullying.gov Espanol Website
Like the English language version, the new site provides parents, teachers and community leaders with resources they need to prevent bullying. Explore the new site for research and best practices on cyberbullying, prevention and response. You will ...

Website Icon Ripple Effects Whole Spectrum Intervention System
A computer-based program for students that has 140 topics for 6-12 year olds and 390 topics for 13-17 year olds. Topics can be customized for the individual student and address social-emotional competencies such as assertiveness, decision-making, ...

Website Icon Roots of Empathy (ROE) - Anti-Bullying Program
Roots of Empathy (ROE) is an evidence-based classroom program with significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. This anti-bullying program starts as ...

Website Icon Safe Communities ~ Safe Schools Pre-Planning Assessment Handbook
The Handbook is intended to aid school-community planning teams in identifying areas of strength and weakness that could affect school and community safety. Includes instructions, scoring sheets and the following checklists: Parent/Community ...

Website Icon Safe School Ambassadors Program
The Safe School Ambassadors (SSA) program is an "inside-out" approach to improving school climate, that relies on social norms change and the power of students to help stop bullying and violence. Student bystanders are a critical and under-utilized ...

Website Icon Say It Straight
Say It Straight (SIS) is a research-based program to help students in grades 3-12 learn skills to communicate and behave in ways that empower them to reduce risky behaviors such as bullying, drug/alcohol/tobacco use, violence and eating ...

Website Icon Suicide Is Preventable
Know the warning signs for suicide and how to have a direct conversation with someone who may be in crisis. But don't keep this important information to yourself. Help educate others by sharing this website with friends, family and loved ones ...

PDF Icon The Effects of Adolescent Health-Related Behaviors on Academic Performance
An investigation of longitudinal literature on the effects of the most predominant health-related behaviors including alcohol/marijuana use and bullying on adolescent academic performance. Thirty studies dating back to 1992 were retrieved from the ...

Website Icon The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
Schools and communities across the U.S. are contending with many factors that affect conditions for learning, such as bullying, harassment, violence and substance abuse. The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is ...

Website Icon Too Good for Violence
Too Good for Violence K-12 is a universal, violence prevention and character education program that teaches character-based skills, attitudes, and behaviors to help students: differentiate between feelings and actions, encourage respect between ...

Website Icon UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools
The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools offers a number of resources and tools as well as a program clearinghouse and publications to support schools in creating environments for social emotional wellness and academic success. They also have ...

Website Icon UCLA School Mental Health Project
The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools offers a number of resources and tools as well as a program clearinghouse and publications to support schools in creating environments for social emotional wellness and academic success. Use the website's ...

PDF Icon Understanding and Intervening in Bullying Behavior
This training toolkit (produced by USDEs Safe Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center) is comprised of two modules addressing bullying in classrooms. The 2-part series include: Module 1: Understanding and Intervening in Bullying Behavior, ...

PDF Icon What, me worry? Students, Stress and Learning
Stress is a physiological response (including bullying) to a perception of a lack of control. The research presented addresses how children and teens react to stress, symptoms of stress, and how young people perceive stress differently from adults. ...

PDF Icon Youth Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention: 2017 Resource Guide
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for U.S. children and youth ages 10 through 24. This guide divides selected resources into seven main sections including evidence-based practices and program planning. There are several notable ...

Website Icon Youth Suicide Prevention and Student Mental Wellness Series Online Courses
Developed with support from the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) for the Region 11 K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative, these no-cost course modules are designed for teachers, administrators, nurses, and district and school ...