Bullying and Safe Schools

Students and staff learn and work best in schools that are safe, disciplined and caring. Support, information and resources are available to help schools prevent bullying and create climates and cultures of safety and respect.

Bullying is a serious problem, not only for students who are bullied, but for the bullies and the students and adults who witness bullying. According to research, the most successful bullying prevention strategies or programs are school-wide and comprehensive. Educating students and adults about the dynamics of bullying is a key element in a whole school program.

The Minnesota Department of Education helps schools develop programming, curricula and intervention practices to create safe schools by teaching social skills, building a positive school climate and repairing harm when it happens.

  • Steps Parents and Family Members Can Take  - 1/14/15
    Parents and family members can help prevent bullying and cyberbullying in a number of ways, mostly by being engaged, attentive and loving. When a child reports being hurt physically or emotionally at school or through electronic communications, parents and family members can support their child and work with the school to help address the problem.
  • Bullying Prevention and Family Expectations  - 2/21/12
    Family expectations, the law and electronic media.