Some of the many students who turned out for the November 2010 anti-bullying forum organized by the Commission, the Governor's Prevention Partnership, and the Connecticut Department of Education.
There's more on the event here.
Regarding specfic cases of bullying...
Unfortunately, as a small policy and research agency, the Commission on Children does not have the staff or resources to investigate individual bullying complaints. We suggest you first bring incidents to the attention of your local school or local board of education. You may also contact the state Department of Education. You'll find contact information, along with additional information and resources, here.
Roadmap to a Positive School Climate
This PowerPoint presentation-prepared by Steven Hernández, director of public policy and research for the Commission on Children-explains what schools can do to create the sort of climate that will help them comply with Connecticut's 2011 anti-bullying legislation, An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying Laws (Public Act 11-232). View the presentation
VIDEO: Stereotyping and Bullying, 21st-Century Style
Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman and True Colors Inc. Executive Director Robin McHaelen recently led a discussion on bullying at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford. They focused on the programs, tools, and interventions available, including Connecticut's new anti-bullying law. Watch the video
Learn about Connecticut's new anti-bullying law
On July 13, 2011, Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law Public Act 11-232, An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying laws. This legislation takes comprehensive steps to ensure every child's right to learn in Connecticut public schools without fear of teasing, humiliation, or assault.
The federal government's anti-bullying site, with resources kids and adults. Go to the site
Elaine Zimmerman discusses bullying on the Stan Simpson Show
The suicide of a Massachusetts teenager who'd been the target of severe
bullying at school led to a discussion of what Connecticut
is doing about the problem on the May 2, 2010 edition of The
Stan Simpson Show, a public affairs show on Fox 61, WTIC-TV
in Hartford. Stan interviewed Commission Executive Director
Elaine Zimmerman. Watch the segments
Bullying in the Classroom…and the Chat Room: Ensuring that Every Student is Safe to Learn
Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, was the keynote speaker at a forum that drew more than 500 students, parents, educators, and government officials to the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Monday, Nov. 22. Watch video, download event documents, and join our mailing list on this issue
20 Questions for Your School:
A Policy Checklist for Educators, Parents and Students
This is a tool developed by the Commission and the Governor's Prevention Partnership for determining whether your school meets
the broad requirements of the state law on bullying. It shows what the law expects and what it
encourages schools to do about improving school climate.
The Key to Bullying Prevention: Creating a Safe Learning Environment
The students and parents of Connecticut want safe, caring communities and schools. This primer contains the
Commission's recommendations for reaching that goal and outlines some proven anti-bullying programs.
PDF, 2 pages
The 2008 School Bullying Law, Explained
The Commission offers a three-page primer on the far-reaching school bullying law adopted this spring by the General
Assembly and signed into law on June 12 by Governor M. Jodi Rell. Download the primer (PDF)
The text of Connecticut's bullying
Want to get into the nitty-gritty?
Here are the relevant statutes as of
PDF, 6 pages
Bullying & Harassment in Connecticut: A Guide for Parents & Guardians
This 2010 publication from the state Department of Education uses a Q-and-A format to answer parents' most common questions about putting a stop to bullying. PDF, 16 pages
State Department of Education report on bullying
In this February 2010 report, SDE summarizes efforts to combat bullying on the state and local levels.
PDF, 62 pages
Stand Up to Bullying! Strategies to
Make Connecticut Safe for Learning
On October 22, 2007, the Commission on Children, the Office
of the Child Advocate, and other partners held a public
forum on bullying, with experts exploring the causes,
effects, and possible solutions to the problem and a panel
of students giving moving accounts of how bullying affected
them. Read more
McGruff SafeGuard service
Concerned about cyberbullying? This free software, offered
by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and
ParentsOnPatrol, help parents manage their children's online
Go to the McGruff SafeGuard website.
The Safe Learning Grant Program: A Resource for School Safety
Connecticut legislators led an unsuccessful effort in 2007 to re-fund a valuable
state program that helps schools prevent bullying and develop safe learning environments.
The Select Committee on Children voted unanimously to appropriate $1 million for the Safe Learning Grant
Program, but the funding did not make it into the final version of the state budget.
The program, established in
2001, provides competitive grants to help school districts
adopt best practices for fostering safe learning
environments and preventing student bullying, aggression,
and violence. Every local and regional board of education is
eligible to apply for a grant. Read the text of the Safe Learning Grant law (CGS § 10-263e)
Brave Enough to Be Kind
Recommendations on ways to curb bullying. Authored by the Commission, the
Connecticut State Board of Education, and the Governor's
Prevention Partnership. Updated through November 2002.
Download the PDF
Office of the Child Advocate
The mission of the Child Advocate is to oversee the
protection and care of children and to advocate for their
Visit this site
Connecticut Clearinghouse Resources on Bullies and Bullying
The Clearinghouse, operated by the Wheeler Clinic and funded
by the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction
Services, offers a variety of books and videos about bullies
Download a list of resources (PDF) |
Visit the Bullying section of the Clearinghouse website
Bullying Prevention Is Crime Prevention
A report from Fight
Crime: Invest in Kids, a nonprofit organization of
more than 3,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, other
law enforcement leaders, and violence survivors.
Full 24-page report
This page was last updated:
October 3, 2012