Bullying Prevention Toolkit
The Bullying Prevention Toolkit serves as a resource for schools to implement and strengthen their comprehensive approach to bullying prevention and response. The toolkit provides guidance for bullying prevention practices including educating students, staff, and caregivers about bullying, establishing a bullying prevention task force, and creating a bullying prevention action plan that can be integrated into existing multilevel systems of support. The toolkit also provides guidance for bullying response protocols including reporting, investigation, and decision-making procedures. Letters, fillable forms, and caregiver resources are also included.
Bullying Prevention Toolkit Resources
The following resources are also linked in the toolkit.
- Family Resources
School-Family Partnership Letter
Communicating to Caregivers about Investigation Initiation
Bullying Investigation Notification
- Reporting Instruments
Bullying Report Form: Anonymous
Elementary Bullying Report Form
- Investigative Instruments
Evaluating Existing Records Form
Investigation Decision Making Form
Consequences and Supports Form
While the implementation of a specific bullying prevention curriculum, framework, or intervention is optional, The University of Missouri Bully Prevention Lab has created a guide for schools of evidenced-based, research-based, and promising resources. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction does not endorse or sponsor the resources in this guide, and they are provided only for your consideration.
Bullying Prevention Toolkit Webinar with Dr. Chad Rose
October 26, 2022 at 1:00-2:00 p.m.
In this webinar, Dr. Chad Rose of the University of Missouri Bully Prevention Lab will share best practices for preventing and responding to school-based bullying. Participants will learn the definition, types, and outcomes of bullying. They will also learn key components of creating an effective bullying prevention task force and action plan. Finally, this session will outline reporting, investigative, and decision-making procedures in which participants will be provided with frameworks for responding to bullying incidents. This webinar is a preview of the soon-to-be-released Bullying Prevention Toolkit, which DPI is creating in partnership with Dr. Chad Rose and the University of Missouri Bully Prevention Lab.
NEW: Awareness and Prevention of School-Based Bullying Online Training Program
Module 2: Predictive and Protective Factors Associated with School Bullying
Module 3: Intervention for Bullying in the Schools
Module 4: Group and Individual Interventions and Federal Law Related to Bullying
Access to this course requires each individual to have a separate license. This is not a group course. It is for individuals to complete. To reserve licenses for the Awareness and Prevention of School-Based Bullying online training, please complete the online form below:
School-Based Bullying Online Training
Once you complete the form, you will receive an email with specific login information for the number of licenses requested.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-age children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
("What is Bullying" Stopbullying.gov.)
State and school district requirements in Wisconsin State Statute 118.46 Policy on Bullying
Bullying Prevention Program Assessment Tool
Whether you are new to this topic or a veteran of bullying prevention, the best place to start is to get a clear picture of just how comprehensive your approach is. The Bullying Prevention Program Assessment Tool will walk a school team through the nine components that are necessary to implement an effective bullying prevention initiative.
Comprehensive Bullying Prevention Resource Map
Once you have identified your needs the Comprehensive Bullying Prevention Resource Map will provide you with links to examples, tools, forms, and training resources to address your school’s gaps in programming. This resource map is structured just like the assessment tool, making it easy to locate resources that correspond to your areas of need.
Bullying Prevention within a Multi-Level System of Support
This tool explains bullying prevention in a three-tiered system of support. This tool shows strategies at the Universal, Tier 2, and Tier 3 levels.
DPI's Model Bullying Policy
Curriculum, Grades 9-12
Bullying Prevention Curriculum: Rethink, Units for Grades 9-12 aims to expand students’ understanding of the dynamics of bullying behavior in the school and broader community. The seven lessons included help students critically examine influences in the school, community, and peer groups that contribute to or support bullying. This publication can be accessed here
Bullying Prevention Grant
Bullying prevention grant opportunity for nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations to provide training and an online bullying prevention curriculum for pupils in kindergarten-8th grades.
Preventing Bullying and Harassment of Students Perceived as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender
Students perceived as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender are at much higher risk than peers for bullying and harassment at school and elsewhere. This resource includes recommended strategies to create safe schools for these students and their peers. For a webcast on this topic see Safe Schools: Preventing and Addressing Anti-Gay Bullying and Harassment
Conflict vs Bullying Chart
Conflict vs Bullying Activity
Conflict vs Bullying Scenarios
Cyberbullying Research Center
National Organization Releases Consensus Report on Bullying
A group of federal agencies and philanthropic partners asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to appoint a committee of experts to review the wealth of research on bullying that is now available and identify what else must be done to better understand and reduce bullying and its consequences. Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice (May 2016)
Pupil Non-Discrimination Program
Pupil harassment, a form of discrimination, is behavior towards pupils based on a protected class that substantially interferes with a pupil's school performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive school environment. (PI 9.02(9), Wis. Admin. Code). Many instances of bullying may also be harassment. The pupil nondiscrimination program provides technical assistance to local school districts, parents and school district residents on matters relating to nondiscrimination and equality of educational opportunity under state law and related federal laws, and the pupil discrimination complaint and appeal process under state law and rules. (Section 118.13, Wis. Stats. and PI 9, Wis. Admin. Code).
Fact Sheet on Combating Discrimination Against Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) and Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian (MASSA)
2020 Bullying Prevention Webinars
- Bullying Prevention Continuing Education Course
- Cyberbullying Research Center
- GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network)
- GSAFE (Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools)
- National Education Association's Bully Free: It Starts with Me Campaign
- School Mental Health
- Suicide Prevention
- Teaching Tolerance-Southern Poverty Law Center
- US Department of Education Dear Colleague Letter on Anti-Muslim Bullying