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Florida (FL) Model Bullying Policy

Below is the model bullying policy made available by the Florida State Department of Education for school districts within Florida to use when crafting their own bullying and cyberbullying policies. Each state’s policies vary when it comes to how they: define bullying, harassment, threats, intimidation, and violence; expect reporting and investigating to be carried out,…

Bullying Policies Across the United States

Most states in the US have provided a model bullying policy for schools in that state to use as a template when crafting or revising their own policies related to bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, intimidation, and threats. Please select your state in our Interactive Map to review your state’s model bullying policy (if they have one).…

Alabama

Alabama – Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Sexting Rates from 2016-2019

Here are how the rates of bullying, cyberbullying, and sexting participation among students in middle and high school have changed in your specific state from 2016 to 2019. These findings are based on nationally-representative samples of US youth between ages of 12-17. Have you ever…?20192016Been Bullied (lifetime)78.2%71.9%Been Bullied (last 30 days)57.5%32.9%Bullied Others (lifetime)27.6%27.0%Bullied Others (last…

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Authoritative School Climate: The Next Step in Helping Students Thrive

I’m always on the lookout for innovative approaches to improve student well-being and to create healthy, thriving communities – whether online or on campus. And as you know, Justin and I have examined a number of factors over the years which affect the experience of youth during their journey through adolescence. School climate has been…

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Federal Commission on School Safety

Yesterday, I testified on “cyberbullying and social media” in front of the Federal Commission of School Safety, chaired by Secretary Betsy DeVos and comprised of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (Homeland Security), Secretary Alex Azar (Health and Human Services), and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Collectively, they are trying to garner insight on the ecology of schools and…

Analysis and Implications of Laws

State Bullying and Cyberbullying Laws and Model Policies Across America (August, 2017) Provides an interactive map so you can see what laws have been enacted in each state, as well as whether they require criminal sanctions, school sanctions, formal school policies, and the discipline of off-campus behaviors that still substantially affect the school environment. State…

Cyberbullying Research in the United States

Here is the research we’ve found on cyberbullying in the United States of America, with the most recent first. Please email us if you have any articles to add with the details ordered in the same format as the others.     Authors: Baiden, P., Tadeo, S. K. Year: 2019 Title: Examining the association between…

Cyberbullying Research in Brazil

Here is the research we’ve found on cyberbullying in Brazil, with the most recent first. Please email us if you have any articles to add with the details ordered in the same format as the others.   Author(s): Cross, D., Li, Q., & Smith, P. K. Year: 2012 Title: Understanding and preventing cyberbullying: where have…

Bullying Laws Across America

Please click on any state to learn exactly what their bullying laws include. Criminal Sanction? All states have various criminal laws that might apply to bullying behaviors, depending on the nature of the act. For example, if someone is physically hurting another, assault statutes might apply. All states also have criminal harassment and/or stalking statutes,…

Funding

Suggestions to Obtain Financial Support for Speaking Engagements We take great pride in our talks. They are always well-received and should serve as a powerful catalyst for how your audience thinks, feels, and acts when it comes to cyberbullying, sexting, digital dating abuse, and other social media issues. Many organizations require funding to help underwrite…

Bullying Laws in Wisconsin

2009 Wisconsin Act 309 (SENATE BILL 154) (https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2009/related/acts/309).  School districts need to adopt bullying policies by August 15, 2010. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is directed to create a model policy that schools may or may not adopt. Law does not include electronic forms of bullying nor does it refer to off-campus bullying.  The DPI…

Bullying Laws in Florida

HB 609, signed by governor in May 2013, takes effect July 1, 2013. Added “cyberbullying” to bill and includes explicit language allowing schools to discipline students for their off-campus harassment that “substantially interferes with or limits the victim’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by a school or…

Bullying Laws in Louisiana

H.B. 1259, Act 989 http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=722683 https://legiscan.com/LA/text/HB1259/2010 “Cyberbullying is the trans­mission of any electronic textual, visual, written, or oral communication with the malicious and willful intent to coerce, abuse, torment, or intimidate a person under the age of eighteen…whoever commits the crime of cyberbullying shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, imprisoned for not…

Bullying Laws in Minnesota

121A.031 SCHOOL STUDENT BULLYING POLICY: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/121A.031 Our analysis of 2014 law: (April 18, 2014): https://cyberbullying.org/minnesotas-new-bullying-law “Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act” (July 1, 2014). “‘Cyberbullying’ means bullying using technology or other electronic communication, including, but not limited to, a transfer of a sign, signal, writing, image, sound, or data, including a post on a social…

Bullying Laws in New York

SENATE BILL – S 1987-B (A 3661-C): “Dignity for All Students Act” to afford all students in public schools an environ­ment free of harassment and discrimination based on actual or perceived race, national origin, ethnic group, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex; passed by the NY State Senate on June 22, 2010, signed by…

Bullying Laws in Texas

Senate Bill 179, also known as David’s Law. Named after David Molak who took his own life after experiencing cyberbullying. Specifically allows schools to discipline for off-campus incidents. http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/SB00179F.pdf (signed by Governor on June 12, 2017; takes effect Sept 1, 2017). H.B. 1942 http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/billtext/pdf/HB01942F.pdf#navpanes=0 Act applies beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. Schools must have…

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The Social Bond: A Practical Way for Schools to Reduce Bullying

If you work in the youth safety space, you know that certain initiatives (such as resilience building) have focused on targets of bullying and cyberbullying. Other programming has concentrated attention on aggressors – to the kids who harass, humiliate, and threaten other youth offline and online. Here, restorative practices and social emotional learning (anger management,…