Bullying Prevention

Bullying is an unacceptable behavior that adults and students have a responsibility to stop. Schools must have clear and comprehensive prevention practices and policies that address all forms of bullying and harassment and emphasize prevention; timely, consistent intervention; social-emotional supports for victims and bullies; and clear, effective disciplinary policies. School psychologists work with educators, students, and families to ensure that every child feels safe at, and on the way to and from, school.

Resources for Families and Educators

A Framework for School Wide Bullying Prevention and Safety
NASP is committed to supporting accessible, high-quality education that prepares our children for college, work, and citizenship. Creating safe and supportive schools that are free from bullying, discrimination, harassment, aggression, violence, and abuse is essential to this mission.

Bullying Prevention & Intervention: Information for Educators
The two most important considerations in preventing bullying are building relationships and establishing accpetable behavior.

Bullying & Youth Suicide: Breaking the Connection
How school leaders respond to the suicide of a student will help determine the depth and duration of its impact on the school community.

Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Youth: Preventing Violence & Harassment at School
Teachers, administrators, school psychologists, and other educational professionals, can take step to prevent and intervene in violent situations in schools, especially those targeting lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth.

Cyberbullying: Intervention & Prevention Strategies
Combined efforts of school and home are needed to prevent, reduce, or eliminate cyberbullying.

Bullies & Victims: A Primer for Parents
Bullying in childhood and adolescence is a significant problem, affecting about one in five students in elementary through high school. As a parent, it is important to know the warning signs that your child is being bullied or bullying others.

Relational Aggression in Schools: Information for Educators
Relational aggression refers to harm within relationships that is caused by covert bullying or manipulative behavior. It is important that schools include relational aggression when defining aggressive behavior and creating antibullying policies.

Sexual Harassment: A Guide for School Personnel
Sexual harassment is an unacceptable, harmful, but unfortunately widespread behavior that causes personal pain and behavior and creates a negative learning environment.

Bullying in Public and Charter Schools
In this interview, Dr. Philip Lazarus discusses the prevelance and consequences of bullying in public and charter schools, as well as strategies the problem.

Position Statements

Bullying Prevention & Intervention in Schools
NASP believes that school psychologists are ethically obligated to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to learn and develop in an environment free from discrimination, harassment, aggression, violence, and abuse.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Questioning Youth
NASP supports that all youth have equal opportunities to benefit from educational and mental health services within schools regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Safe Schools for Transgender & Gender-Diverse Students
NASP supports efforts to ensure that schools are safe and inclusive learning environments for all students, family members, and school staff and respect a person’s right to express his or her gender identity.