Healthy Environments in Schools Action Team (HESAT)


  • 'Study gives insight into student bullies and their victims' from Minnesota Public Radio : "If you're a parent of a Minnesota student, there's more than a 50 percent chance your child has been bullied--or bullied another student--at least once."
  • Anti-bullying PSA (short video) : "Anti-bullying PSA. Over 6M American schoolchildren have been bullied in the past six months. Whether you cheer on the bully, or silently watch, you are supporting the bully. The effects upon the victim can be devastating, and the effects can last a lifetime. o something besides watching. Try to diffuse the situation. Tell a teacher, or a principal. If you can, stand up to the bully and let them know that it's not okay. Support the victim. Let them know you care and you don't think what happened to them was fair or right."
  • Bullied: A student, a school that made history : "Bullied is a documentary film that chronicles one student's ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. It can become a cornerstone of anti-bullying efforts in middle and high schools." It can be ordered FREE at
  • Bullying in Minnesota Schools: An analysis of the Minnesota Student Survey, 2010 : An analysis of the Minnesota Student Survey, 2010
  • Bullying, Victimization, and Sexual Harassment During the Transition to Middle School (PDF: 79KB/14 pages) : Bullying, in the form of physically, verbally, relationally, or sexually aversive behaviors, increases as youngsters make the transition to middle school. To date, however, policy and research in education and educational psychology has attended only minimally to the social dynamics of school organization or peer groups that may underlie this crisis. We argue that a combination of school- and peer-level factors contribute to bullying, victimization, and sexual harassment.
  • Child bullies are prone to sexual violence as adolescents, study shows : Children who bully others are more likely to perpetrate sexual violence when they enter adolescence, according to a new study led by bullying expert Dorothy Espelage at the University of Illinois.
  • Dear Colleague Letter Harassment and Bullying (October 26, 2010) Background, Summary, and Fast Facts (PDF: 116KB/2 pages) : "What are the possible effects of student-on-student harassment and bullying, what does the Dear Colleague letter (DCL) do, why is ED Issuing the DCL, what are the anti-discrimination statutes that the Office for Civil Rights enforces, what are a school's obligations under these anti-discrimination statutes and how can I get help from OCR?"
  • Defenders of Clearview School : Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health's latest bully prevention curriculum is now available online and on CD. Intended for grades K-6, the curriculum addresses the following issues: the difference between HURTFUL and FUN, SILLY TEASING; the difference between TATTLING and REPORTING; how to USE YOUR WORDS when facing a bully; making SAFE CHOICES when being bullied; ways to RESPOND to different types of bullies. For the interactive kid's game, go to
  • National Center on Bullying Prevention : "PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages, and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant, and interactive resources."
  • Olweus : "Even with a school's best efforts, bullying can affect the safety and wellbeing of the entire student population. In order to stop bullying, it needs to be addressed at every level of a student's experience. That's why the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a whole-school program aimed at preventing or reducing bullying throughout a school setting."
  • Pacer Center's Kids Against Bullying : Learning about bullying prevention, targeted at kids.
  • Pacer Center's Teens Against Bullying : Learning about bullying prevention, targeted at teens.
  • Playground bullying: It doesn't happen in a vacuum : "For nearly two decades, researchers have had evidence that schools' 'ecologies' either sustain or suppress bullying. Now, a study recently published in the School Psychology Review has added another plank to the avalanche of evidence that bullying is not a problem involving just two kids, but rather a systemic failure."
  • STRYVE- Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere : STRYVE is a national initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence before it starts. To support this effort, STRYVE Online provides communities with the knowledge and resources to be successful in preventing youth violence.
  • School Violence and Bullying (CDC) : About school violence, what is school violence and data
  • School Violence and Bullying (CDC) : CDC offers a number of tools and resources designed to help state and local education agencies and schools promote safety and help schools be safe places for students to learn. They are based on an extensive review of research, theory, and current practice in violence prevention, health education, and public health.
  • Stop Bullying : These resources provide information on the different forms of bullying and intervention strategies.
  • Stories of Us : Resources and Training's About Bullying
  • Straightlaced : "From girls confronting popular messages about culture and body image to boys who are sexually active just to prove they aren't gay, the students in Straightlaced illustrate the toll that deeply held stereotypes and rigid gender policing have on all of our lives." Watch the trailer at
  • The Theoretical and Empirical Links between Bullying Behavior and Male Sexual Violence Perpetration (PDF: 233KB/53 pages) : Bullying experiences and male sexual violence (SV) perpetration are major public health problems, and while extant literature suggests that they may share some developmental correlates, there is no established empirical link between being a perpetrator or victim of bullying and SV perpetration in the literature. Nonetheless, some SV prevention programs in the U.S. include bullying prevention components for elementary and middle-school aged children.
  • Violence Prevention Works!: Bullying is a Serious Issue : "Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power. Most often, it is repeated over time. School bullying takes on many forms, and it is done by both girls and boys." Sections include Recognizing Bullying, What is Cyber Bullying, The Impact of Bullying, Bullying and Sexual Orientation, Helping a Child who is Bullied, and Bullying Prevention Resources.
  • Violence Prevention Works!: Safer Schools, Safer Communities : Create safer schools and safer communities with proven programs that address youth violence.
  • What Can Be Done About School Bullying? Linking Research to Educational Practice (PDF: 178KB/10 pages) : In this article, the authors review research on individual, peer, and school contributions that may be critical factors for enhancing efforts to address bullying among students

Cyber Bullying

  • Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying : "Hinduja and Patchin are two of the most respected researchers on cyberbullying, and their in-depth research lays the foundation for this book. This book contains the best practices that principals can implement at their schools to prevent and respond to acts of cyberbullying."
  • CyberSmart! Cyberbullying package: An NSBA and CyberSmart! Resource : "In developing these lessons, CyberSmart! adopted an integrated approach, examining all current research findings and using best practices from the fields of cyber security, school violence prevention, and character education to impact behavioral change. Together, these materials offer schools the opportunity to begin a dialogue with students and build a sustained cyberbullying prevention campaign to continually remind the school community about safe, ethical online use."
  • Cyberbullying Data from Cyberbullying Research Center : The primary mission of the Cyberbullying Research Center is to provide up-to-date information about the nature and extent of online aggression among adolescents. Drs. Hinduja and Patchin frequently communicate with youth and adults on the front lines and formally survey students on a regular basis. Results from their most recent research is summarized below.
  • Cyberbullying Research Center : "The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. Cyberbullying can be defined as "willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices."
  • Cyberbullying educational videos from the Cyberbullying Resource Center : Videos present answers to questions such as "What is cyberbullying?," "Does it affect children in the real world?," and "How can adults help?"
  • Cyberbullying information for law enforcement : How you can tell the difference
  • Cyberbullying: Electronic Dating Violence Fact Sheet (PDF: 302KB/5 pages) : A Brief Guide for Educators and Parents
  • Cyberbullying: Identification, Prevention and Response : A new summary about the harmful effects of cyberbullying and what you can do to prevent it.
  • Jacob Wetterling Resource Center : "The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center, provides prevention education and victim advocacy to families, community members, educators, law enforcement, and others, on issues of child safety. Also includes information about personal safety, online safety, cyberbullying, sexting."
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children-Online Safety Training (free) : Parenting wired kids can be difficult, especially when you didn't grow up with these same technologies. These resources can help. (Local Level) Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's Netsmartz - Karina Berzins
  • Online Safety from the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center : Resources for learning about cyberbullying. Included are sections on online safety tips, filtering software, computer slang, cyberbullying prevention, and 'sexting' prevention.
  • Stop Cyberbullying : What is cyberbullying, exactly?
  • Stop Cyberbullying from the National Crime Prevention Council : "Cyberbullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is NEVER called cyberbullying."
  • Stop Cyberbullying! : Preventing cyberbullying, how you can stop it once it starts, what is the schools role in this and what is the parents role in this?
  • Take a stand against cyberbullying (Stop Cyberbullying) : Education can help considerably in preventing and dealing with the consequences of cyberbullying. The first place to begin an education campaign is with the kids and teens themselves. We need to address ways they can become inadvertent cyberbullies, how to be accountable for their actions and not to stand by and allow bullying (in any form) to be acceptable. We need to teach them not to ignore the pain of others.
  • Teens Talk Back: videos from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children : "In these short, informal interview pieces, teens voice their thoughts and share their online experiences. Pair them with the videos from the NSTeens series to spur dynamic conversations about current online issues."
  • Why do kids cyberbully each other (Stop cyberbullying) : This site also includes information on how you should deal with the different kinds of cyberbullies and where you can learn more information about cyberbullying awareness and why kids should take a stand against cyberbullying


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