Focus Areas

It's up to us to help stop bullying

Bullying is a serious issue at home and in school, and parents and caring adults can play pivotal roles in creating healthy, safe school and community climates.

GET ANTI-BULLYING BASICS

Learn more about what you can do to help identify and prevent bullying by listening to this 30-minute segment on Radio Disney AM 1470.

CYBERBULLYING IS BULLYING, TOO

California State PTA and Common Sense Media have partnered to create a free cyberbullying-prevention toolkit. Called “Standing Up, Not Standing By,” the toolkit features important information for PTA leaders on this critical topic.Use these resources to organize a PTA Parent Education Night that will start a conversation in your school community about helping kids learn to stand up to cyberbullying.

DOWNLOAD TOOLKIT

PTA LEGISLATION HELPS PROTECT KIDS

Governor Jerry Brown signed crucial legislation to protect students from bullying and harassment. The California State PTA sponsored the 2011 bill, AB 1156, by Assembly Member Mike Eng.

The bill requires training of school-site personnel in the prevention of bullying, and it gives victims of bullying priority for transferring out of a school, if requested.

Inaction can have dire consequences. Students who are bullied are more likely to be depressed, to think about and attempt suicide, and have behavior problems and difficulty learning.

Bullying contributes to poor school attendance, which is a barrier to improving student achievement for all, and especially to efforts to close the achievement gap: a longstanding PTA priority. And bullying affects many children: Nearly a third of boys and girls in the seventh grade reported that they had been afraid of being beaten up once or more while at school in 2008.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES