Indiana's anti-Bullying Legislation:
IC 20-33-8-0.2 "Bullying" Sec. 0.2. As used in this chapter, "bullying" means overt, repeated acts or gestures, including: (1) verbal or written communications transmitted; (2) physical acts committed; or (3) any other behaviors committed; by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the other student.
IC 20-33-8-13.5 Discipline rules prohibiting bullying required Sec. 13.5. (a) Discipline rules adopted by the governing body of a school corporation under section 12 of this chapter must: (1) prohibit bullying; and (2) include provisions concerning education, parental involvement, reporting, investigation, and intervention. (b) The discipline rules described in subsection (a) must apply when a student is: (1) on school grounds immediately before or during school hours, immediately after school hours, or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group; (2) off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event; (3) traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event; or (4) using property or equipment provided by the school. (c) This section may not be construed to give rise to a cause of action against a person or school corporation based on an allegation of noncompliance with this section. Noncompliance with this section may not be used as evidence against a school corporation in a cause of action.MCCSC Bullying Prevention ProgramsBook: "Sticks and Stones: Defeating The Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy."Author: Emily Bazelon. Publisher: Random House, 2013.
SAMHSA Launches Smartphone App To Prevent Bullying
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has launched KnowBullying, a free smartphone app that provides parents, caretakers, educators, and others information and support to address youth bullying. The KnowBullying mobile app, developed in collaboration with the federal partnership StopBullying.gov, is available for iPhone and Android users. Key features include:
- How to start a conversation with a child about bullying.
- How to prevent bullying for ages 3–6, 7–13, and older teens.
- How to recognize whether bullying is affecting a child.
- How and when to talk with children about bullying issues.
- Getting advice and support through social media—Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and text messages.
- Educator-focused strategies for preventing bullying in the classroom and supporting children who are being bullied.