This resource list has been compiled expressly for Parent Centers and the Native families and communities they serve. Here’s a quick-jump index to the different types of resources we’ve identified, many of which have information specific to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
- Information briefs that accompany this resource list
- Agencies and organizations addressing bullying
- Bullying prevention programs
- Publications on bullying
- Websites about bullying
- Organizations addressing cyberbullying
- Publications on cyberbullying
- Websites about cyberbullying
Information Briefs That Accompany This Resource List
This resource list has been designed to accompany and supplement two NAPTAC products, both of which are available here on NAPTAC’s website, at:
http://naptac.org/resources/for-parent-centers/ (Scroll to the Bullying-Cyberbullying Suite)
Bullying: What American Indian and Alaska Native Parents Need to Know
4 pages, available as a PDF file and in Word
Cyberbullying: What American Indian and Alaska Native Parents Need to Know
4 pages, available as a PDF file and in Word
Feel free to download, adapt, duplicate, and share!
Agencies and Organizations Addressing Bullying
Indian Health Service (IHS) | This office in the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services sponsors a bullying prevention campaign: Stand Up Stand Strong. Fact sheets, brochures, and posters are available, as well as a link to a video with Native youth. Online at:
Office for Civil Rights (OCR) | This is an office in the U. S. Department of Education. The OCR investigates complaints that a student’s civil rights have been violated, due to discrimination based on a youth’s race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, or disability. Online at:
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center | PACER is a parent training and information center that supports and advocates for children with disabilities and their families. Parents can find workshops and other resources. PACER created its national Bullying Prevention Center to provide resources that benefit all youth, including those with disabilities. They’ve also created separate websites for kids and teens. Online at:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) | This federal agency supports a Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center, which provides fact sheets on bullying prevention. Online at
Bullying Prevention Programs
Connect for Respect | This initiative of the National Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) helps parents, youth, and educators prevent bullying and create safe schools. Online at: http://www.pta.org/bullying
Creating Caring Communities, Bullyproofing Your School | This program embedded culturally responsive approaches to bullying prevention. Begun by the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Michigan, its success spread to the Oneida of Wisconsin, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa of Minnesota, and other area tribes. Online at:
Not in Our Town (NIOT) | NIOT is a program to stop hate and bullying, and build inclusive communities. NIOT offers trainings to help communities respond to racism. Online at: http://www.niot.org
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program | This is the oldest evidence-based program to prevent bullying in schools and improve school climate. It includes school-wide elements, classroom-level activities, and individual interventions for youth identified as bullies. Online at: http://www.clemson.edu/olweus
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) | PBIS is a well-researched, three-pronged strategy that focuses on the prevention of youth behavior problems while promoting a positive, collaborative school/group environment. Online at: https://www.pbis.org
Publications on Bullying
Walk a mile in their shoes: Bullying and the child with special needs.
From AbilityPath.org, 2015. This parent-friendly report also includes chapters on “The Cyberbully” and “Addressing Bullying with a Child’s IEP.” Online as a PDF (3.8 MB), at:
A Sweetgrass Method of bullying prevention for Native American youth.
The Sweetgrass Method incorporates traditional Native values, involves elders and traditional practitioners, and includes Native stories, songs, and teachings. By Baez, Mark Standing Eagle and Isaac, Patricia (2013) and published in Journal of Indigenous Research, Volume 3, Issue 1, Article 1. Online as a PDF file (501 kb), at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1025&context=kicjir
American Indian life skills development curriculum.
Authored by a Turtle Mountains Chippewa, this high school curriculum has been a valuable resource for bullying and suicide prevention among several tribes, including the Paiutes in Bishop, California, and the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. It was adapted for middle school youth on the Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma, and for young women of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana. By Teresa D. LaFromboise (1995), published by University of Wisconsin Press. Order online, at:
Bully no more: National bullying prevention awareness month.
This article is written by a Seneca mother, Leslie Logan (2016) and published by the Indian Country Today Media Network. Online at: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/10/26/bully-no-more-national-bullying-prevention-awareness-month-166215
Bullying’s impact on American Indian/Alaska Native students.
From the National Education Association (2011). Online at:
Parent fact sheet: What are public schools required to do when students with disabilities are bullied?
From the U. S. Department of Education (2014). Online as a 1-page PDF (88 kb), at:
Websites About Bullying
http://stopbullying.gov | This is the bullying prevention website of the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services. It includes the best and most up-to-date information from several partnering groups and agencies. Blogs are posted regularly, such as: Indian Health Service Works to Address Bullying in Tribal Communities. Tip sheets for parents, including parents of youth with disabilities, are available. The website also provides activities designed by and for youth to address bullying behaviors.
http://www.bullypolice.org | This is where a person can find copies of, and information about, each state’s anti-bullying law. Each state law is also analyzed and given a grade based on how thorough it is.
Organization Addressing Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying Research Center | This research center is well-respected for providing the latest bullying and cyberbullying facts, statistics, resources, activities, and presentations, such as a webinar about the bullying of youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Online at: http://cyberbullying.org
Publications on Cyberbullying
What to do when your child is cyberbullied: Top 10 tips for parents.
By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin (2015, January). Online at:
Bullying beyond the schoolyard: Preventing and responding to cyberbullying.
Also by Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja (2015), this book (2nd edition) builds on the authors’ extensive research and includes latest findings and practical strategies for parents. From Sage Publications, you can order the book online, at:
On cyberbullying: FAQs for parents and for teens.
Read and share the National Crime Prevention Council’s suite of short, easy-to-read publications on cyberbullying, including FAQs for parents and FAQs for teens. Online, starting at: http://www.ncpc.org/topics/cyberbullying
Websites about Cyberbullying
http://www.commonsensemedia.org | The website includes a free 17-page Sexting Handbook to download containing information for parents and youth. The handbook and other materials for parents and youth are created by the group’s partner organization Common Sense Education.
http://www.connectsafely.org | This website offers free booklets written by parents for parents. They include A Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying, A Parent’s Guide to Instagram, A Parent’s Guide to Mobile Phones, and downloadable guidebooks on seven other topics.
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0004-net-cetera-chatting-kids-about-being-online | At this U. S. Federal Trade Commission website, a parent can download a free, valuable booklet Netcetera: Chatting with Kids about Being Online and many other resources.
http://www.ikeepsafe.org | The site provides resources for parents and educators to teach youth how to safely and ethically use their technology. A helpful downloadable booklet is Parent’s Guide to Facebook.
http://www.netsmartz.org | The website is a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A 2-page brochure, Tips to Prevent Sexting for Parents, can be found there. They also create handouts for youth and sponsor specific websites for kids, tweens, and teens.