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Bullying Prevention Toolkit and Guides

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The Bullying Prevention Toolkit and related guides are resources for parents, educators and professionals serving youth in school and out-of-school time settings. They include specific information about how to differentiate between bullying and conflict, how to respond to cyberbullying, and potential legal implications of bullying-type behaviors.

These resources were supported with funding from the Highmark Foundation and developed by the Center for Safe Schools with input from an interdisciplinary group of stakeholders focused on identifying strategies for improving the availability of resources and supports for children affected by bullying.

A coordinated effort that integrates school, public health, political and social levers to address bullying is critical to identifying positive and sustainable outcomes.The Center for Safe Schools, the Highmark Foundation other partners will continue to assist schools, teachers, parents and communities in addressing this important issue through multi-tiered interventions such as youth violence prevention, parental engagement, afterschool programs and addressing the needs of at-risk youth.


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The Bullying Prevention Toolkit is especially valuable to schools that do not have bullying prevention programs in place and to agencies typically called upon in crisis situations. For families, it ensures that they and various agencies have a fas0track to assessing and meeting needs when a bullying situation occurs. Along with tips for parents whose children are bullied and tips for parents whose children bully others, it includes helpful hints from kids who have been bulled themselves. It also has a special section on cyberbullying. The toolkit aims to put more adults in a position to help children so they can intervene appropriately in bullying situations.



These guides are companion publications to the Bullying Prevention Toolkit, with specific content for parents, school administrators and afterschool/out-of-school time professionals.

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Published in October 2015, the "Integrating the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in Pennsylvania” white paper summarizes findings related to the following questions: Is it possible to implement both OBPP and PBIS in a school?; What strategies support co-implementation of OBPP and PBIS?; and What considerations are warranted when a school is selecting an evidence-based school climate improvement program, such as OBPP or PBIS?





Published in October 2014, the "Integrating Bullying Prevention and Restorative Practices in Schools: Considerations for Practitioners and Policymakers” white paper addresses the integration of two common approaches to improving school climate and school connectedness: bullying prevention and restorative practices.