Our State has several laws in place to address bullying of Nevada’s students, yet more needs be done to educate the community around the signs of bullying. More needs to be done to educate children, youth and their families about their rights during the investigation process; and more needs to be done to support children and youth in mental health recovery from a bullying incident.
The #SafeAllies program is a collaboration of Nevada PEP and Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada. #SafeAllies reaches children and youth with digital resources and youth designed activities. #SafeAllies offers training workshops on the laws and processes for reporting a bullying incident and navigating the education system. #SafeAllies provides individual assistance and support groups for families focused on the importance of aftercare to develop positive strategies and safe allies.
#SafeAllies Podcast Trailer
Daniel, Char, and Lexie introduce themselves as the hosts and share what you can expect from the #SafeAllies podcast. Please select one of the podcasts below to listen!
#SafeAllies: Know Your Rights
In this episode Lexie, Daniel, and Char dive into the law and your rights when it comes to bullying. They share federal law, Nevada law and touch on the process for reporting and investigating a bullying incident.
– Nevada Bullying Reporting and Investigation Process
#SafeAllies: Parent Involvement in Bullying
Parents play a major role in bullying prevention and responding to bullying incidents. Lexie, Daniel, and Char share their lived experience while discussing tips for parents if their child is the one that has experienced bullying or if their child is exhibiting bullying behavior towards others.
– PACER: Steps To Take If Your Child is Being Bullied at School
– PACER: What if your child is the one showing bullying
Cyberbullying is one of the three common types of bullying #SafeAllies explores. Learn more about the statistics, unique considerations, and get informed on how to properly report cyberbullying.
– Pacer Center: Cyberbullying
#SafeAllies: Bystander to Upstander
Bystanders play an important role in all bullying situations. Char, Lexie, and Daniel discuss tips on how to go from a bystander to an upstander and they provide their own lived experience.
An introductory episode that defines bullying, talks about the different types of bullying and shares what parents can do to support their youth, whether they be exhibiting bullying behavior or experiencing it.
– #SafeAllies Introduction
#SafeAllies On Demand Trainings
#SafeAllies Part 1: What is Bullying?
This webinar is part one of a three part series on bullying presented by Youth MOVE Nevada and Nevada PEP. It’s important for youth and parents to recognize that there is more than one form of bullying, and that children and youth experience bullying in many ways. Learn more about each type of bullying, bullying statistics, as well as the signs and effects of bullying.
#SafeAllies Part 2: Bystanders
This webinar is part two of a three-part series on bullying presented by Youth MOVE Nevada and Nevada PEP. Presenters discuss the multiple types of bystanders and the important roles they play in bullying. Learn more about the many ways that bystanders can influence a bullying situation.
#SafeAllies Part 3: Bullying Laws
This webinar is part three of a three-part series on bullying presented by Youth MOVE Nevada and Nevada PEP. Presenters discuss the laws surrounding bullying, and how you can use them to attain a positive outcome.
- Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement, and dropping out of school (4) but students who are both targets of bullying and engage in bullying behavior are at greater risk for both mental health and behavior problems than students who only bully or are only bullied (4).
- Bullied students indicate that bullying has a negative effect on how they feel about themselves (27%), their relationships with friends and family (19%), their schoolwork (19%), and physical health (14%) (3).
- In Nevada, 1 in every 7 high school students reported being bullied on school property (2), while bullying behaviors in middle school are much worse, where it affects 1 in every 4 students on school property (1). In addition, reports of cyberbullying are highest among middle school students, followed by high school students, and then primary school students (4).
- Of those students who reported being bullied, 13% were made fun of, called names, or insulted; 13% were the subject of rumors; 5% were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on; and 5% were excluded from activities on purpose (3).
- A higher percentage of male than of female students report being physically bullied (6% vs. 4%), whereas a higher percentage of female than of male students reported being the subjects of rumors (18% vs. 9%) and being excluded from activities on purpose (7% vs. 4%) (3).
- The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students include physical appearance, race/ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation (3).
- 59.5% of LGBTQ students feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, 44.6% because of their gender expression, and 35% because of their gender (5)
- 22% of Indigenous/American Indian students in Nevada have been bullied at school (2).
- 41% of students who reported being bullied at school indicated that they think the bullying would happen again (3).
1. Diedrick, M., Lensch, T., Zhang, F., Peek, J., Clements-Nolle, K., Yang, W. State of Nevada, Division of Public and Behavioral Health and the University of Nevada, Reno. 2019 Nevada Middle School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Report.
2. Diedrick, M., Lensch, T. Zhang, F., Peek, J., Clements-Nolle, K., Yang, W. State of Nevada, Division of Public and Behavioral Health and the University of Nevada, Reno. 2019 Nevada High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Report.
3. Seldin, M., & Yanez, C. (2019). Student Reports of Bullying: Results from the 2017 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. Web Tables. NCES 2019-054. National Center for Education Statistics.
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Preventing Bullying. Atlanta, GA. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/
5. Joseph G. Kosciw, Ph.D., Emily A. Greytak, Ph.D., Adrian D. Zongrone, M.P.H., Caitlin M. Clark, Ph.D., Nhan L. Truong, Ph.D. Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. 2017 National School Climate Survey