Online Guide to Bullying and Cyberbullying
Bullying among children and young adults has a marked and lasting impact on schools and communities. According to the most recent numbers by the National Center for Education, 28% of students aged 12-18 have experienced bullying first hand and over 43% have witnessed or experienced cyberbullying online.
The Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit is a set of resources for people to confront bullying of children with special needs from all angles. This includes talking to children, knowing rights, and teaching tolerance in schools. There are resources for parents, educators, and students specially designed to deal with bullying and children with special needs. All of the resources are designed to teach individuals what they can do in their communities to change the culture of bullying.
The National Autism Association’s safety initiative on bullying provides information regarding the different types and forms of bullying. There is also information on signs that bullying may be taking place and what research has found on bullying. The initiative encourages social and emotional learning (SEL), which has been found to decrease conduct problems and emotional distress that are part of the bullying phenomenon. The website provides information on what works and what doesn’t work in preventing and responding to bullying among those individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), along with “5 things parents can do.” There are additional bullying resources and a brochure easily accessible on the website.
The Autism Speaks School Community Tool Kit assists members of the school community in understanding and supporting students with autism. The purpose of the kit is to provide helpful information about students with autism, along with tools and strategies to achieve positive interactions and increase learning. Included in the tool kit is an introduction to autism and specific strategies for supporting students. There is also information regarding educating students with Autism, supporting learning in students with autism, and how to use the tool kit. A list of various web, print, and video resources are provided for all members of the school community.
An article that defines cyber crime and uses appropriate lingo for students to explain ways to recognize and report to the proper authorities.
Asperger Syndrome and Bullying: Strategies and Solutions by Nick Dubin
This book presents a range of effective strategies that children, parents, teachers, and schools can use to help protect children with Asperger Syndrome from the harmful and long-lasting effects of bullying. The author, Nick Dubin, was diagnosed with Aspergers and describes the bullying he encountered throughout his life due to his condition. This book endeavors to show individuals who are being bullied that they are not alone and offers advice for adults to help them interact with their bullied child. Dubin’s multiple definitions of bullying allow the reader to understand the wide range of situations that can result in harm to children. Not only does he discuss how to deal with a child who is being bullied, but he also outlines the major causes of bullying and how to deter a child from bullying. Bullying is a problem throughout the world and its frequency is greatly increased around children who display “different behavior”, otherwise known as Asperger Syndrome. This book can be useful for parents, educators, and service providers.
Perfect Targets: Asperger Syndrome and Bullying- Practical Solutions for Surviving the Social World by Rebekah Heinrichs
This helpful book provides guidelines for parents and teachers seeking to assist in reducing vulnerability to bullying for children with ASD. This book offers many solutions and ideas such as: how to increase awareness; bullying prevention techniques; characteristics of children who bully and prevention methods.