What is Bullying?
“Bullying” means any repeated and pervasive written, verbal or electronic expression, 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 bus stop, or at school activities or sanctioned events. Bullying includes, but is not limited to, hazing, harassment, intimidation or menacing acts of a student which may, but need not be based on the student’s race, color, sex, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation. NMAC 184.108.40.206
Cyberbullying happens when kids bully each other through electronic technology. Find out why cyberbullying is different from traditional bullying, what you can do to prevent it, and how you can report it when it happens.
Who is at Risk?
Bullying can happen anywhere, but depending on the environment, some groups may be at an increased risk. Learn what factors increase the risk of children being bullied or children more likely to bully others and what warning signs can indicate that bullying may be happening. You can also find out how bullying can negatively impact kids.
Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy. Find out what you can do:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC Resources
The Great Bully Roundup “Bullies aren’t all big and muscle-y. Bullies come in all shapes and sizes — and it’s not like you can tell who they are by what they look like. You can only tell a bully by their actions — they make themselves feel powerful by threatening, embarrassing, or hurting others. If you have ever been around a bully or been picked on by a bully, you know how hurtful they can be. But, there are things you can do to stay out of a bully’s way.”
Respond to Bullying
How you respond can make an impact on bullying over time. Find out what you can do to stop it on the spot and support the kids involved.
Get Help Now
If you have done everything you can to resolve the situation and nothing has worked, or someone is in immediate danger, there are ways to get help.
USA National Suicide Prevention Hotline
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Online Emotional Support
The Trevor Project
24/7 Suicide Hotline for GLBTQI Youth
What is New Mexico doing to stop bullying?
New Mexico Public School Law requires the Public Education Department to establish policies and every local school district and state chartered school to implement bullying prevention programs.
The department shall establish guidelines for bullying prevention policies to be promulgated by local school boards. Every local school board shall promulgate a bullying prevention policy by August 2011. Every public school shall implement a bullying prevention program by August 2012
The Public Education Department wrote the following New Mexico Administrative Code requiring all public schools, including charter schools, and state supported educational institutions to address bullying of students by adopting and implementing policies: 6.12.7 Bullying Prevention Policy Rule. This is the guidance for schools to use when designing and implementing anti-bullying policies: District Anti-Bullying Guidance
The Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), Public Education Department (PED), and the Department of Health (DOH) conducted a study to determine the current status of bullying prevention efforts in the state; to research evidence-based strategies to prevent bullying; to collect, analyze and report data related to the impact of bullying on juvenile justice, education and health; and to make recommendations on the best approach to ensuring effective bullying prevention programs statewide. Final Report on Bullying HJM 31non memorial
The Public Education Department issued guidance to superintendents and charter school administrators reminding them of the requirement that every public school must implement a bullying prevention program by August 2012.Bullying Prevention Program Implementation Assurance
Bullying, Harassment, & Civil Rights: An Overview of School Districts’ Federal Obligation to Respond to Harassment – This video, developed collaboratively by USDE, DOJ, and SAMHSA, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, outlines school districts’ federal obligations to respond to harassment.