Julie UnderwoodBullying has become widely recognized as a problem for American youth, in school and out. Public awareness of and concern for this problem has grown significantly over the last few years, as victims of bullying have lashed out at others or taken their own lives.

Bullying is a repeated pattern of aggressive behavior that involves an imbalance of power and purposefully inflicts harm on the victim. With the increased use of technology, cell phones, the Internet, and social networks, cyberbullying has emerged.

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These resources will help you fight bullying in your school.

STOP BULLYING is developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and provides comprehensive information about bullying prevention: www.stopbullying.gov

SAFE2TELL is a hotline that allows anyone to report information anonymously regarding threats, bullying, and harassment:
http://safe2tell.org


What is the role of the school? Can schools and their employees be held responsible for bullying and its effects? How can they prevent bullying?

Legislation and policies

Public concern about bullying has driven schools and state legislatures to respond. Since 2000, we have seen a rise in school policies, state statutes, and the number of court cases filed seeking legal remedies for students who have been victimized. Georgia was the first state to pass a statute that required schools to implement educational programs specifically about bullying and its prevention.

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