Safety, Security, & Emergency Preparedness Resources
Bullying has been a problem for generations, and it has expanded in the age of the Internet. Cyber bullying can be just as traumatic to the victim. The following resources will help students and parents/guardians learn about bullying and cyber bullying and ways to stop it.
Lexington Public Schools Anti-Bullying Policy. The policy defines
and distinguishes bullying, harassment, cyber stalking,
cyber bullying, and discrimination. It outlines LPS' bullying
prevention strategy and it outlines the district's prevention and
intervention plan and reporting procedures.
Massachusetts Law About Bullying and Cyber
Bullying. This page provides links to Massachusetts Laws pertaining to bullying in schools, violation of constitutional rights, identity fraud, and hazing. It also provides links to other resources on bullying and cyber bullying.
Direct From the Field: A Guide to Bullying Prevention, Mass.
Dept. of Public Health. This 123-page publication has been provided
to every school district in Massachusetts. The guide is intended to
help schools develop bullying-prevention programs.
Prevention and Intervention Services within the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health. This site includes links to
resources for bullying prevention, prevention of domestic and sexual
violence, safe spaces for GLBT youth, and youth violence prevention.
Eyes on Bullying. The
Eyes on Bullying Toolkit provides specific insights, strategies,
activities, and resources to address bullying. It is designed
especially for caregivers and parents of preschool and school-age
children and youth to use in child care programs, afterschool and
youth programs, and camps.
STOP cyber bullying
Parents Guide to Cyber Bullying, STOPcyberbullying.org. (Requires Flash Player from
Bullies and Victims: Information for Parents, National Association of School Psychologists.
This paper provides facts on bullying and identifies the warning
signs of bullying. It identifies the warning signs of victimization
from bullying and provides guidance for parents dealing with a child
being victimized by a bully. The paper also provides guidance for
parents who suspect their child is bullying others.
Operation Respect, Operation Respect is a non-profit
organization working to assure each child and youth a respectful,
safe and compassionate climate of learning where their academic,
social and emotional development can take place free of bullying,
ridicule and violence. This site includes pages for parents,
students, and educators.
Mental Health & Counseling
If your child or family has experienced a traumatic event, the following resources may be very helpful. Many of these resources also provide guidance for supporting the mental health of your children. If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to contact
your child's school to speak with a
guidance counselor or administrator.
- Resources for Talking about School Violence
- Center for
Mental Health in Schools, UCLA.
Responding to a Crisis. This site provides a variety
of resources and materials for use in crisis response including
facets of crisis response, psychological first aid, talking to
children, and addressing psychological reactions to loss. The site
is designed more for the practitioner than a parent.
Supporting Children’s Mental Health: Tips for Parents and Educators
from the National Association of School Psychologists
Preventing Youth Suicide - Tips for Parents and Educators,
Save a Friend: Tips for Teens to Prevent Suicide, National Association of School Psychologists
Institute for Mental Health, The National Institute of Mental
Health (NIMH) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a
component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This
site provides considerable mental health information, which can be
accessed by topic, age, or gender.
- American Academy
of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Site includes "Facts
for Families" and a "Child
and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder"
Tips for Helping Students Recovering from Traumatic Events, This
brochure, produced by the U.S. Department of Education, provides
practical information for parents and students who are coping with
the aftermath of a natural disaster, as well as teachers, coaches,
school administrators and others who are helping those affected.
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers,
Guidance from the National Association of School Psychologists for
parents to talk with their children following an act of violence.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Resources for Parents
and Caregivers. The resources offered on this site will help parents
and caregivers learn not only about child traumatic stress but about
a child's healthy development and ways to seek help.
Parent Guidelines for Crisis Response, an excerpt from "A
Practical Guide for Crisis Response in Our Schools" by The
American Academy of
Experts in Traumatic Stress.
A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Every family should develop an emergency plan. The following websites and
documents provide step by step instructions, instructional videos, and templates for parents and kids to develop a plan.