Bullying Prevention

Bullying Prevention

"A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself."
–Dan Olweus, Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do

Bullying consists of three components: aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions, a pattern of behavior which is repeated over time, and an imbalance of power or strength.

Bullying Prevention and Intervention Tips


  • If bullied, tell your parents. Telling is not tattling.
  • Tell a trusted teacher, counselor, principal, or have your parents talk to the school.
  • Do not retaliate or get angry.
  • Respond evenly and firmly or say nothing and walk away. If it's happening online, don't reply but print out a copy of the posting or email.
  • Develop friendships and stick up for each other.
  • Act confident.
  • If the harassment is happening on the way to or from school, take a different route.
  • Avoid unsupervised areas of school.
  • Do not bring expensive items to school.


  • Encourage your child to share problems with you with the assurance that it is not tattling.
  • Praise and encourage your child - a confident child is less likely to be bullied.
  • Help your child develop new friendships - new peers can provide a new chance.
  • Maintain contact with your child's school. Keep a detailed record of bullying episodes and communication with the school.
  • Encourage your child to participate in sports or physical activity to improve esteem.


  • Establish a bullying prevention committee.
  • Create a long-term anti-bullying plan and raise school and community awareness and involvement.
  • Use anonymous student surveys to assess bullying-related behaviors.
  • Include parents in planning, discussions and action plans.
  • Establish classroom rules against bullying.
  • Create positive and negative consequences regarding bullying.
  • Initiate serious talks with bullies and victims of bullying individually.

Colorado Legislation on Bullying

House Bill 11-1254, Measures to Reduce the Frequency of Bullying in Schools

Creates a legislative committee to study the issues related to bullying in public schools and submit a report of findings and recommendations to the education committees of the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives.

Establishes the bullying prevention and education grant program within the Colorado Department of Education.

Establishes the following requirements:

  • Schools will maintain a record of each confirmed incident of bullying that occurs at school.
  • Local boards of education will establish dress code policies that encourage school pride and unity and promote uniformity of dress.
  • Each principal of a public school, including district charters or institute charters, will report annually on incidents of bullying.
  • Members of boards of education, teachers, and administrators are prohibited from taking any retaliatory action against a student who reports in good faith an incident of bullying.
  • Each teacher will receive professional development training concerning how to prevent and address bullying at least every two years.
  • Except as prohibited by state or federal law, school districts, public schools, district charter schools, institute charter schools, BOCES and threat assessment teams of the aforementioned may share information with one another for the purpose of assessing the risk of bullying a particular student may pose.
  • Each school will annually survey each student enrolled in the school concerning the student's impressions of the severity of bullying in the school. Each principal will report annually a summary of information concerning the surveys.

Colorado Dept. of Education summary of Senate Bill 01-080, Safe Schools - Bullying Policy

Requires each school district to seek broad input when adopting and implementing a safe school plan or making revisions to plans or policies concerning safety. It recommends consulting with the school district accountability committee and school advisory councils (or school accountability committee), parents, teachers, administrators, students, student councils where available, and the surrounding community if appropriate.

Requires each school district to include a specific policy in the school district conduct and discipline code concerning bullying prevention and education.

Defines bullying to mean any written or verbal expression, or physical act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to cause distress upon one or more students in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated school bus stop, or at school activities or sanctioned events.

Requires each school to submit, in the annual report to the state board of education, information concerning the school's learning environment during that school year. The annual report will also describe all policy on bullying prevention and education, including information related to the development and implementation of any bullying prevention programs.


Additional Resources

Discounts Available on Bullying 101 and Bullying 101 for School Principals Online Courses

CSPV has partnered with the Hazelden Foundation, the leading publisher of evidence-based violence prevention programs, and Clemson University, leading experts in the field of bullying prevention, to offer a 5% to 30% discount on two online courses. Both courses employ extensive use of video, interactive elements and case studies to create an engaging experience for the learner.

Bullying 101 is a 2-hour online course with up-to-date, research-based information on bullying, cyber bullying, and best practices in bullying prevention. The course is appropriate for anyone interested in knowing the latest information on bullying and how to address it, including educators, parents and community organizations. Cost is $50.

Bullying 101 for School Principals is a 3-hour online course with up-to-date, research-based information on bullying, cyber bullying, best practices in bullying prevention, and specifically how school administrators (principals, assistant principals, etc.) can effectively address the issue. The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), a co-partner in the development of the course, will be offering CEU's/PDU's for the completion of the course. Cost is $80.

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