BY JANE HURST
It doesn’t matter whether it is grade school or college, there is going to be bullying and harassment going on. In many cases, it is other students who are giving their fellow students a hard time. There are also cases of bullying and harassment on the part of teachers. As a college teacher, it is your job to be able to identify harassment, and help students deal with it appropriately. All teachers should be aware of the many resources that are available to help fight bullying and harassment at college, as well as at all other levels of education. If you have personally dealt with these issues, or you suspect that some of your students are being bullied or harassed, here are some resources that can help.
- What Is Bullying: Young Adults & College Students – This is a great site to go to for information about bullying and what to do about it. It is loaded with resources that you can use to help students and teachers deal with harassment and bullying in a mature and responsible manner. Learn what bullying actually is, what cyberbullying is, and how to respond to and prevent bullying.
- Cyberbullying in Depth – This is a site that was started to help people find affordable colleges, but also provides loads of information on a number of topics that concern college students and teachers. Here you will find loads of great articles and videos about cyberbullying, and learn how to recognize cyberbullying for what it is, the effects of cyberbullying in college, and where to find help for students who have been affected by this type of harassment.
- Bullying and Harassment Toolkit – The Superintendent of Public Instruction offers the School Safety Center, where you will find information about staying safe on college campuses. There is a safety planning tool kit, which includes information about bullying and cyberbullying, as well as contacts and additional resources.
- Recovery Tips – In addition to bullying, students and teachers often deal with other issues, including drug and alcohol addiction. You can provide them with the resources they need to get help, including ReachOutRecovery. This site is maintained by a non-profit organization with the sole purpose of addiction education, prevention, and recovery help and support for children and teens.
- Safe from Bullying – This is a site that is dedicated to helping people to understand, prevent, and deal with bullying and harassment at the college level. Learn about why it is important to deal with bullying in colleges, how bullying can be stopped, how to respond to bullying, and more. There is also a list of other resources for information, advice, and support.
- The Prevalence of Bullying and Cyberbullying – Here is a site that offers loads of great information for students and teachers at all educational levels, including college. Learn about how prevalent bullying and cyberbullying actually is, the effects of bullying, how to prevent bullying and cyberbullying, and much more. As with many other sites on the subject, you will also find a link to additional resources for help.
- The Bully Project – Here you can get the tools and resources you need to understand and prevent bullying, and to help those who are affected by bullying and cyberbullying. There are tools for educators as well as for students and parents, as well as a special needs tool kit, Spanish tools for educators, tools for advocates, and a graphics tool kit. You will also be able to learn the legal ramifications of bullying and cyberbullying.
- American Psychological Association – The APA offers resources on numerous topics that can affect one’s psychological well-being, including bullying and cyberbullying. Information presented here can help you to recognize the signs of bullying, so you can recognize potential bullies in the classroom (as well as other teachers and colleagues), and recognize victims and offer help.
Jane Hurst has been working in education for over 5 years as a teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, is fascinated about edtech and loves reading, a lot. Follow Jane on Twitter.