Nationally recognized organization continues to lead bullying prevention and school safety efforts; announces major conference
HARRISBURG, Pa., October 8, 2020 — As the nation observes Bullying Prevention Month this October, the Center for Safe Schools is proud to offer free online resources as part of its ongoing commitment to serving schools, communities, parents and students in Pennsylvania and beyond. In addition, the Center will convene experts in December for a virtual conference.
Over one in four children in the U.S. report experiences with bullying, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Bullying is an important public health issue known to have negative effects on children’s physical and emotional well-being, social development and learning.
For more than two decades, the Center for Safe Schools has been committed to providing resources, training and consulting to create and maintain safe, productive learning environments. To that end, the Center created centralized, authoritative, easy-to-use information and toolkits to help families, schools and communities identify, understand and prevent bullying, and support children affected by it. These resources were developed with generous funding from the Highmark Foundation.
BULLYING PREVENTION TOOLKIT developed for parents and practitioners, includes specific information about how to differentiate between bullying and conflict, how to respond to cyberbullying, potential legal implications of bullying-type behaviors and a sample letter informing the school of a bullying incident. It also has a guide for connecting children to relevant assistance and other assets to ensure that families and agencies have a fast track to assessing and meeting needs when bullying occurs.
CARE. CONNECT. CHAMPION: A Middle School Bullying Prevention Toolkit helps youth ages 11 through 14 share their voice and engage in bullying prevention. Focused on creating student-led movements, the online toolkit provides easy-to-follow steps for activity planning, templates, videos, contest ideas and more for building support within their schools.
The Center’s premier professional development event will bring together state and national experts for practitioner-focused plenaries and workshops on emergency management and crisis response; all-hazard planning; bullying prevention, positive school environments and social and emotional learning; cyber safety and effective cyber relationships; implementing proactive safety measures in partnership with law enforcement and other community entities to address local needs, and more. This conference is presented with generous support from the Highmark Foundation. Download Flyer
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