School Violence: National Resources

Bullying and Cyberbullying​: For Healthcare Providers

A starting place for pediatric medical home teams to begin addressing bullying and cyberbullying, published by The Resilience Project, a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Includes sections on framing the question, actions to take for both victims and perpetrators, tools to educate, related AAP policy, and learning more. 

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Cyberbullying Research Center

The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. Cyberbullying can be defined as “Willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.” It is also known as “cyber bullying,” “electronic bullying,” “e-bullying,” “sms bullying,” “mobile bullying,” “online bullying,” “digital bullying,” or “Internet bullying.” The Center also explores other adolescent behaviors online including sexting, problematic social networking practices, and a variety of issues related to digital citizenship.

Website features resources, laws, research, presentations (by age and grade level), a blog, and books. Sections for educators, parents, teens, and adult victims.

Facts About Bullying

This page of has sections on the definition of bullying, state of the science, statistics, bullying and suicide, targeted groups, and laws.

Invisible Wounds: The Impact of Community Violence on Children and Youth in Schools

Published in 2008 by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). Outlines the history of shootings and violence in US schools. This webinar discusses the effects of exposure to violence and PTSD on learning, addresses issues related to prevention and early intervention, and discusses two trauma-specific models, CBITS and PFA.

Make Time To Listen, Take Time To Talk About Bullying: Conversation Starter Cards

This activity book, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) encourages parents and caregivers to spend at least 15 minutes a day listening to and talking with their child or children to prevent youth violence. It provides interactive questions to start conversations with children about bullying and bullying prevention.

Resources to Help Children in the Wake of a School Shooting

This blog article from Child Trends, published in February 2018 discusses age-appropriate ways to discuss school shootings with children and other helpful hints. Also included is a section addressing children who have had direct exposure to a school shooting. 

School Violence

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network's (NCTSN) section on school violence includes an educator toolkit on child trauma, school resources for school personnel, bullying and cyber bullying, psychological first aid, schools and trauma speaker series, and other network resources for educators on child trauma.
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  • Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event (2010): Describes how young children, school-age children, and adolescents react to traumatic events and offers suggestions on how parents and caregivers can help and support them.
  • Response and Recovery after School Violence (2009): Presents a process for threat assessment and management in an educational setting. This webinar addresses the process of assessing risks of a particular individual or group of individuals and the design and implementation of management strategies to reduce those risks. It also offers information on designing and implementing interventions, defining violent behavior, types of school violence, school violence myths, and threat assessment.
  • Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Shooting: Tips for Parents and Professionals (2014): Offers parents, caregivers, and professionals guidance for restoring a sense of safety after a mass shooting. This tip sheet provides ways to communicate effectively with your children and answers common questions that occur after a mass violence event.
  • Talking to Children about the Shooting (2014): Provides information on how to talk to children about mass shootings. This tip sheet describes ways to talk to children about mass violence events that involve a shooting. It gives tips about how to start the conversation, common reactions children may have, and how to seek help if needed.

School Violence Prevention: Tips for Parents & Educators

Published by the National Association for School Psychologists: All schools work to prevent school violence and schools are very safe places. Children, staff, and parents all have an important role in promoting school safety by following procedures and reporting concerns. It is also important to balance sufficient building security with a healthy, nurturing, school environment. The goal is to reassure students that although there is a possibility of violence occurring in a school, the probability of a school experiencing a high-profile violent act is extremely low. Includes sections on what to say to children, helpful guidelines to keep in mind, and references.
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School Violence: Mobile Apps

Mobile App: KnowBullying

KnowBullying, a mobile app created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)   empowers parents, caregivers, and educators with the tools they need to start the conversation with their children about bullying. KnowBullying describes strategies to prevent bullying and explains how to recognize warning signs that a child is bullying, witnessing bullying, or being bullied. 

Download on:

Google Play

iTunes / App Store

Help Kids Cope: Mobile App

Help Kids Cope, a mobile app created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is an app designed to assist parents in talking to their children about different disasters they may experience or have already experienced. This app includes 10 different disaster types with sections in each on how to explain, prepare, respond, and heal from the event their family is concerned with. Each section gives guidance on talking to preschool, school-age, and adolescent children, as well as, includes ways parents can help themselves cope and support their children’s reactions.

Download on:

Google Play

iTunes / App Store

Please note:

While every effort has been made to ensure resources shared are safe and reputable, no resource is endorsed or guaranteed by Utah's Trauma-Resiliency Collaborative or its members.  No resource listed is in an any way a substitute for obtaining professional help.


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