Address any instances of bullying immediately
What is cyberbullying?
National Crime Prevention Council
Cyberbullying is similar to other types of bullying, except it takes place online and through text messages sent to cell phones. Cyberbullies can be classmates, online acquaintances, and even anonymous users, but most often they do know their victims.
Cyberbullying: The New Online Crime
Who do I contact if my child is being bullied at school or on the bus?
If your child has been physically injured, call 911.
Request to speak to the school’s principal or a building administrator. Encourage your child to describe what happened – but be prepared to speak for your child if he or she feels too intimidated to talk with the principal. Make sure you document everything in writing. Ask the school what steps will be taken to resolve the bullying.
MSDE regulations and resources on bullying
Download the Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting Form (Word doc)
Download the Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting Form (PDF file)
Teach your child how to fill out the Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting Form to reinforce self-advocacy skills.
If you need additional assistance to resolve the issue, contact:
Dominic Romano, Education Program Specialist
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
How do I find a therapist to help my child cope with bullying?
See our Providers and Services database.
What resources are available on bullying?
PACER Center National Center for Bullying Prevention
Your Little Professor: Resources and Academic Programs for Children with Asperger’s Syndrome
Bullying Awareness Guidebook: Students Staying Safe in School
Understanding the Bullying Trend and Discovering New Ways to Combat It