Bullying Prevention

October 2020

What is bullying?

Bullying is engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district and that:

  1. has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or of damage to the student's property; or
  2. is sufficiently severe, persistent and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student.

The role of a bystander

Bullying situations usually involve more than the child(ren) who bully and the child(ren) who are bullied. They also involve bystanders—those who watch the bullying behavior happen or hear about it. Bystanders have a powerful role. Depending on how they respond, they can either be part of the problem (hurtful bystander) or part of the solution (helpful bystander).

Adults can teach children to become helpful bystanders by talking to them about the different ways bystanders can respond and make a difference. Stopbullying.gov developed an interactive website to help parents teach their children how to help others and get involved if they see bullying. Click on http://www.stopbullying.gov/respond/be-more-than-a-bystander/index.html to watch videos, read information, and download fact sheets.

Mythbusters: Bullying Edition

This resource is an easy way for you to educate your school community on the facts of bullying and bust any myths they might have!

While this resource works better with older students or adults, you could always ask younger students to answer the questions in a group setting by reading the questions aloud.


For people to fill out the Google form, you will send it by clicking the purple “Send” box in the upper right hand corner. You can then send via e-mail or by copying and pasting the link. Once they submit their quiz, they will see the correct answers! You can also make a copy of the quiz so you can see your community answers.

Quiz created by Counselor Chelsey @ https://www.counselorchelsey.com/

Helpful resources for parents and students

David's law: http://www.davidslegacy.org/davids-law/

For parents: http://www.stopbullying.gov/index.html

For elementary students: http://KidsAgainstBullying.org

For middle and high school students: http://TeensAgainstBullying.org

For parents and students, including resources on building resiliency, respect, and relationships: https://www.stopbullyingnow.com/

Tips for teaching young children about bullying

Robot Bullies - And Action! Anti-Bullying Student Film

Region 9 ESC

Cristina McCrary, MA, LPC

Mental Health Liaison

Helen Farabee Centers/Region 9

mccraryc@helenfarabee.org | cristina.mccrary@esc9.net

P: 940.322.6928 EXT 8248