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Preventing Bullying & Harassment

Stop Bullying Now—www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov
The US Department of Health and Human Services’ national campaign is designed to target pre-teens ages 9-13. Resources include DVDs, activity guides and webisodes for kids, as well as resources for parents, educators and community leaders. Cyberbullying is also covered.

No Name Calling Week—-www.nonamecallingweek.org/
GLSEN’s No Name Calling Week, scheduled for Januaty 23-27, 2012 this school year, is a highly effective, popular school program. The website offers planning guides for schools interested in participating, lesson plans, and other resources to engage the school and community. Lesson Plans for GLSEN No Name Calling Week can be found at:

Safe Schools: Cultivating Respect for All –www.community.pflag.org/page.aspx?pid=1011
PFLAG Safe Schools: Cultivating Respect for All project advocates for strong national policies, learning the Top 10 Ways you can Make Schools Safer, resources and strategies such as hosting a PFLAG Cultivating Respect certification training in your community, or promoting their national scholarship program.

Stomp Out Bullying–http://stompoutbullying.org/
This national anti-bullying and cyber-bullying site provides research and strategy summaries and other resources for students, parents, educators and community leaders. PSAs of leading teen stars on the topics are also available for use here.

Groundspark’s Respect for All Project http://groundspark.org/
Groundspark’s Respect for All Project facilitates the development of inclusive, bias-free schools and communities by providing media resources, support and training to youth, educators, and service providers. Some of their resources are in response to heightened attention to Bullying and teen suicide.

Not In Our Town/Not In Our School—-www.niot.org/nios
Not In Our School  (a component of Not in Our Town, noit.org)  is a grassroots movement that uses digital media and public outreach to highlight communities working together to stop hate. They also highlight students and teachers who are taking action for safe, accepting, and inclusive schools. For over a decade, Not In Our School stories and videos have inspired young people to launch their own campaigns against bullying and intolerance. Young people to turn their school – and their community – into a more accepting place where everyone can thrive and learn.

Teaching Tolerance—-http://www.tolerance.org/
From the educational arm of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance: Resources for Teachers of all Grade Levels, including a beautiful quarterly hard-copy magazine, free to educators who request it. Outstanding resources and topical information on social justice, diversity and multicultural issues with relevance for P-12 settings.

Net Smartz Workshop—-http://www.netsmartz.org
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have devoted a large section of their website to parents and educators working to keep kids safe on line. They include sections on cell phones, blogging, sexting, and other technology-driven risks facing today’s students and the adults who care about them.

Operation Respect—www.operationrespect.org
Founded by Peter Yarrow, OR has developed programs for elementary and middle school students that work to build a positive, inclusive school culture where conflict, ridicule, bullying and violence are greatly reduced. The Don’t laugh At Me programs include music, DVDs and lot of information on bullying and how to stop it. Their kits are available free of charge.

Dear Colleague Letter: The Office of Civil Rights released additional guidance for school leaders relative to bullying and harassment. it provides clear directions for administrators on their responsibility and liability to provide students with a safe, harassment-free learning environment.

Guide to Cyberbullying: Addressing the Harm Caused by Online Social Cruelty

Bully Police USA
MAKING THE GRADE – How States are “Graded” on their Anti Bullying Laws

Anti-Bullying Network
“Information for Schools About Homophobic Bullying” from the Anti-Bullying Network. Homophobic bullying has been reported in primary, as well as secondary schools. It may be directed at young people of any sexual orientation and at children who have not yet reached puberty. Teachers, parents and other adults in schools may also be bullied in this way.

Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau created this place for school age children to go to get the latest scoop on bullying.
Whether you’ve been bullied, you’ve witnessed bullying, you’ve bullied others or you’re just curious – the site is very informative and fun! Take your time and take a look around. There are entertaining webisodes, surveys, and games. Learn a thing or two about bullying and how to do something about it!

Let’s Get Real - Film on Bullying
Film Review – April 15, 2004
New Day. 2003. 35min. $99. CC. 888-367-9154. Gr 6-8. The format is simple, honest and oh-so effective. Numerous middle school students talk about bullying and harassment. The “n” word, tar baby, Jew, faggot, gay, homo, geek, dork, fatso, retarded, diaper head, big ass, and dog are just a few of the names the kids have been called. Colorful graphics, pulsating background music, and classroom and playground footage (one boy is intentionally knocked off his bike) accompany the head shots. Various bullies speak, too, including one who admits he “likes making people mad.” A few students tell how good they felt after they stood up to bullies who were harassing others. Comments expressing a desire to shoot the bullies or “kill myself” are frighteningly realistic and heartbreaking. This can’t-miss discussion starter is highly recommended for both school and public libraries. Includes guide. -Sue-Ellen Beauregard

Words That Heal: Using Children’s Literature to Address Bullying – A new resource from the Anti-Defamation League for K-12 educators entitled “Words That Heal: Using Children’s Literature to Address Bullying.”