The best online bullying resources that we hope you never need
With so many of us with school-aged kids, we were probably surprised as you might be to know that according to the National Crime Prevention Council, about 160,000 kids won't go to school each day for fear of being bullied, which to us is about 160,000 too many.
We're happy to be working with our sponsor Chase again, a supporter of The Bully Project, which you might know is an important independent film that highlights kids and families across the USA through the school year who dealing with bullying -- online, on their phones, on the bus, at home, and on the streets of their towns. Their website, along with the helpful online resources for bullying we've rounded up, are here to help us all be prepared parents when our kids need us most. -Kristen
1. StopBullying.Gov + GirlsHealth.Gov
These helpful website provides information on both bullying and cyberbullying for parents. You'll find a series of bullying webisodes on StopBullying.Gov that I like a lot. They address myriad bullying issues in a way that kids, even young ones, can understand. And you'll want to be sure and bookmark the Bullying page at GirlsHealth.gov, which features an extensive collection of online articles, publications, and websites related to the topic.
2. Pacer.org National Bullying Prevention Center
If you feel compelled to take action against bullying, you'll find so many helpful ways to spread awareness at Pacer.org's National Bullying Prevention Center website. I love the idea of their Kids Against Bullying Puppet Show, which allows schools to purchase puppets and scripts that help teach kids about bullying prevention. If you happen to live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, you can even ask them for a school visit.
3. Welcoming Schools
As a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Welcoming Schools encourages schools to take a proactive approach to ending bullying, by connecting with a consultant to help plan and implement specific programs and events for families. Focusing on family diversity, their "What Do You Know" film is an excellent starting point for discussion with your own kids about gender and familial differences.
4. PBS Kids Website
For those of you with older kids, we really like It's My Life on PBSKids.org, a simple, interactive site for tweens and teens that engages kids about all sorts of issues, including Bullying. Your kids can read through various bullying related topics even play a "Beat the Bully" game; don't worry, it's a race. This is an excellent way to introduce your kids to the topic so you can discuss it further without alarming them.
5. It Gets Better Project + Trevor Project
If you know someone who is being bullied, then you should be aware of The Trevor Project provides suicide prevention services and crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth through their 24/7 phone line and online chat. Parents can get information on suicide warning signs as well as what you can do if a tween or teen you know if feeling suicidal.
And while most of us are by now aware of the remarkably compelling and viral It Gets Better Project, you might not know that you (or your teen) can actually upload your own video to the site and share your story. Just watching a few of the shared videos from their own peers might just be the best way to get the message across to a teen at all.
This post is sponsored by Chase -- a strong supporter of the Bully
Project, a program committed to ending bullying and ultimately
transforming society. Learn more here.