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Create a safer school environment by preventing bullying and cyberbullying.

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

Bullying is a widespread issue in the United States. While bullying can happen to anyone, some groups may be at greater risk. Bullying negatively affects those who are bullied, those who bully others, bystanders, and others in the school community. It is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental and physical health, substance use, educational experience, violence, and suicide.

Reducing bullying in schools requires a multi-faceted and community-based approach that includes immediate response and appropriate consequences and support for serious incidents. As part of these efforts, schools can consider assessing the frequency, locations, and types of bullying behavior to better understand the current landscape and determine appropriate prevention and intervention plans. School-based programs that focus on building youth skills and positive environments can also be effective in decreasing incidences of bullying and associated risk factors.

Strategies to Consider

There are several strategies schools and districts can consider to prevent and address bullying. Some of these measures include:

  • Create a positive school climate that is safe, inclusive, and respectful of all community members.
  • Implement social and emotional learning to help students build skills, manage emotions, and establish positive relationships.
  • Set and enforce policies that outline behavioral expectations and monitor places where bullying is more likely to occur.
  • Conduct teacher and staff training and promote classroom-based bullying prevention activities. 
  • Engage families and students to promote communication and reinforce prevention strategies.

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What Do the Data Reveal About Violence in Schools?

Department of Justice, 2020

This report reviews the trends in school violence from the most often cited sources of school safety data and discusses how it can be explored further through additional studies on school shootings and a federal effort to improve federal data and its implications for school safety.

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