Welcome to the Nebraska Department of Education bullying prevention website. This site has been developed to serve as a resource for schools, parents and community members to address the issue of bullying in schools.
Nebraska Department of Education staff are listed with contact information and a description of services available.
Current Bullying Prevention Information
LB205 was approved by the Governor on February 07, 2008. LB205 states that 'on or before July 1, 2009, each school district as defined in section 79-101 shall develop and adopt a policy concerning bullying prevention and education for all students.
Did you know?
Studies show that between 15-25% of U.S. students are bullied with some frequency ("sometimes or more often") while 15-20% report that they bully others with some frequency. (Melton et al, 1998; Nansel et al, 2001.) When asked if they have been bullied at all during their school years, 75% of students reported that they had experienced some form of bullying (Hoover, Oliver, & Hazler, 1992).
Bullying tends to peak in transition years – moving from elementary to middle school and middle to high school. (Pellegrini, 2002; Swearer, 2004.)
Something to Think About
"Teachers, are you a bully?" A school administrator, commenting on his district's decision to include teacher behavior in its anti-bullying policy, complained that it would be difficult to distinguish between bullying behavior and classroom management strategies. What about you? Can you tell the difference between behavior management and a bully? Read more on the Bullying Fact Sheet Series
Excerpt from the State Board of Education Anti-Bullying Policy
The State Board of Education believes that Nebraska schools should provide physically safe and emotionally secure environments for all students and staff. Local school policies should assist school personnel in identifying bullying, intimidation, and harassment, and provide a framework for an appropriate response that reinforces and encourages positive conduct. The State Board defines positive behaviors as those which evoke non-violence, cooperation, teamwork, understanding, and acceptance toward all students and staff in the learning and teaching environment.