Students with special needs, such as hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, are at a higher risk of being bullied.  Kids with hemophilia may become a target when they use crutches, are limited to certain activities during recess/gym classes, have a visible PICC line/port, or miss several days of school due to bleeding episodes. But how exactly is bullying defined? defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children. It involves a real or perceived power imbalance and the behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.”

The key takeaways are about the power a bully has (or he/she thinks they have over a victim or that the victim feels the bully has over them) and that it is a repeated (or could be repeated) behavior.

In 2006, the PACER National Center for Bullying Prevention founded National Bullying Prevention Month.  Since then, schools and communities have spent each October raising awareness and education around bullying prevention.  HFA has compiled this toolkit existing of the following:

  • presentations (past webinars and slides)
  • downloads (articles, blog entries, tools/documents)
  • links to other resources


 Bullying A Serious Problem_graphic HFA Community Voices: “Bullying: A Serious Problem for Kids with a Chronic Illness”: This article was published on the Hemophilia Federation of America’s website in October 2014.
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 Infusing Love logo_square HFA Moms Blog: “Infusing Love”: “The Bullies Won the Battle; Not the War”: This blog entry was written in October 2013 by Infusing Love: A Mom’s View blogger, Cazandra MacDonald.  It discusses the bullying her son experienced and the toll it took on their family.
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 Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilites_image “Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities”:  This document comes from PACER and explores the top 10 facts parents, educators and students need to know about bullying and students with disabilities.
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“Bullying and Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Needs”:  This document comes from the United States Health and Human Services website, and addresses bullying specifically concerning student with special health needs
View now>>> Heads Up: Stop, Click, Think from Cyberbullying is a growing trend in bullying.  The document below is a great discussion piece to the Federal Trade Commission’s video.   Use these links and document to empower yourself as parents to discuss the issue of cyberbullying with your children.
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 MSU_Bullying A Guide for Parents_Image Montana State University Bullying: A Guide for Parents: This comprehensive guide from Montana State University offers a detailed explanation of what bullying is, how parents can talk to their children and tips for handling bullying when it happens to you…or if your child is the bully.
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 Eyes on Bullying_What You Should Tell_image Eyes on Bullying: What You Should Tell Bullies, Victims, Bystanders:  This is a sample page from Eyes on Bullying website and toolkit.  This page specifically discusses the things to say to a bully, a victim or a bystanders of bullying.
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 Eyes on Bullying_Bullying Action and Victim Responses_image Eyes on Bullying: Bullying Action & Victim Responses:  This is a sample page from Eyes on Bullying website and toolkit.  This page specifically gives examples of some bullying actions and how victims can respond.
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 Eyes on Bullying_Tips for Standing Up_image Eyes on Bullying: Tips for Standing Up to Bullies:  This is a sample page from Eyes on Bullying website and toolkit.  This page gives tips and techniques on how to stand up to a bully.
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 aacap_image American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry Bullying Resource Center:  This website has a comprehensive listing of resources regarding bullying.
 pacer peer advocacy_image From PACER: Peer Advocacy: A Unique Bullying Prevention Model for Students with Disabilities:  The PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.  PACER created National Bullying Prevention Week in 2006 with a one-week event which has now evolved into a month-long effort that encourages everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement.
 stopbullyinggov_image, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:  This site provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
 young bloods website_image UK The Haemophilia Society, Young Bloods website:  This is a website maintained by the United Kingdom Haemphilia Society for children affected by blood disorders.  This page gives kids tips on how to cope with bullying.
 eyesonbullying_image Eyes on Bullying: The Eyes on Bullying multimedia project was developed by the Education Development Center, Inc



 Currently Undergoing An Update Dads in Action webinar & slides:  “Bullying in Today’s World”: This is a recorded presentation and accompanying slides by Diane Horbacz from a November 2012 Dads in Action webinar. (This webinar is currently undergoing an update)


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