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Resources and Organizations Dealing With Bullying

Safe2Tell – anonymous tip line to report threatening behaviors
Safe2Tell® provides YOUNG people a way to report any threatening behaviors or activities endangering themselves or someone they know, in a way that keeps them safe and anonymous. Safe2Tell® was designed to help anyone anonymously report any threatening behavior that endangers themselves, their friends, their family, or their community.
Direct link to the tip line: http://safe2tell.org/what-can-you-do/submit-a-tip-online/

Protect Your Kids Online
This site provides resources on how protect against cyberbullying, along with how to use social media and browse safely.

This site provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators, and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, find help here.

This is Psychology: Bullying (video)
"This Is Psychology" is a video series highlighting some of the most intriguing psychological research being published today. There has been a lot of media attention recently on the problem of bullying. Bullying can lead to lasting psychological problems, and psychologists have spent many years studying the issue. This short video introduces some key principles and suggests further sources of information

The Bully Free Program
The Bully Free Program aims “to promote a sense of belonging and acceptance of all individuals and to promote the Golden Rule through quality materials, workshops, presentations, and Web resources.” The program is “the most comprehensive school-wide (and system-wide) anti-bullying program being adopted by schools and districts around the world. It is based on research and includes administrative strategies, teacher strategies, lesson plans for each grade level (preschool through high school), classroom meetings, student involvement, and bystander empowerment. The program also includes parent involvement, community involvement, and all of the elements and components that must be present in effective anti-bullying programs.
The website has tons of resources related to these aims.

Safe Schools Policy for LGBTQ Students
Issued by the Society for Research on Child Development

The Society for Research on Child Development has just issued a Social Policy Report that reviews research relevant to these federal, state, and local laws and policies. Research on sexual orientation/ identity development is reviewed, with attention to the growing numbers of youth that “come out” or disclose their LGBTQ identities to others during their school-age years. Schools are often hostile environments for LGBTQ students; this evidence is considered along with research on the consequences for compromised achievement and emotional and behavioral health. The report also reviews strategies in education policy and practice that are associated with well-being for LGBTQ (and all) students.

No Name-Calling Week
Although “No Name-calling Week” is actually in January, this website provides a range of resources that would be useful any time of year. Click on the site’s “Resources” tab to find downloadable lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school levels, and other information.

“Preventing Suicide among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals who Serve Youth” - Free Training Kit for Workshop Leaders
from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center
This excellent free training kit has a wealth of materials and information to help you plan, organize, and implement a training for your school or agency on LGBT youth suicide. The kit includes:

  • A Leader's Guide with step-by-step instructions on how to plan, organize, and conduct a training workshop for you school or agency
  • A sample agenda, PowerPoint presentations, sample script, and handouts

The workshop schedule incorporates lecture with PowerPoint Slides, small group exercises, and group discussion. Topics covered include suicidal behavior among LGBT youth, risk and protective factors for suicidal behavior, strategies to reduce the risk, and ways to increase school or agency cultural competence.

BullyingInfo.org is a project of the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) focused on providing tools and resources for youth, parents, teachers and mental health providers to prevent and address bullying.

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LBGTQ youth by providing resources and a nationwide 24-hour hotline. If you are considering suicide or need help, call 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386). The Trevor Project website also has information, resources, and alternative ways to contact them.

The Youth Voice Project: Teen views on what works to stop bullying and harassment
The Youth Voice Project is the first known large-scale research project that solicits students’ perceptions about which strategies are effective for reducing peer mistreatment in our schools. More than 13,000 teens in 25 schools have now completed the Youth Voice project survey, focusing on what works and what doesn't work.  This link takes you to

  • results of the research project
  • tips on effective actions by mistreated teens, school adults, and bystanders
  • a power point for use in presentations

“Bullying: What You Need to Know” infographics
This site provides a whole host of information on bullying, from how it’s defined to what we all can do about it. The many links within the site give lots of useful tips—in detail, so you can actually put the information to use. Infographics can be downloaded in pdf format and then printed and/or circulated as you wish.

Voice Nation’s Anti-bullying project
May 2013
The following link was identified by a student in California and passed on to us as a resource with useful information on bullying and related issues. This link has many internal links to excellent information. If you are interested in bullying issues, you’ll be glad you visited this site:

Clever idea for a middle school anti-bullying project
April 2013
In a program sponsored by the local grassroots group Beyond the Bridge (among others), the Washington State Safe Schools Coalition supported the development of a middle-school anti-bullying project featuring art and spoken word created by students. They used an image of a backpack as the basis for the project. It’s a brilliant program. Read about it here.

Inside the Bullied Brain
The alarming neuroscience of taunting
By Emily Anthes
Boston Globe
November 28, 2010
The recent focus on bullying in schools has highlighted a body of research showing that harassment by one’s peers is something more than just a rite of passage. Bullied kids are more likely to be depressed, anxious, and suicidal; more likely to struggle in school or to skip or drop out of school; more likely to carry weapons, get in fights, and use drugs. This somewhat technical article discusses a new wave of research that points to a different level of consequences: bullying may have a lasting impact on a teen’s brain at a time when it is still growing and developing.

How to Make Schools Safer for Gay Students
By Kevin G. Welner
Professor of Education Policy & Program Evaluation CU-Boulder
This article summarizes a policy issued by the National Education Association, Safe at School: Addressing the School Environment and LGBT Safety through Policy and Legislation. The brief documents the persistence of hostile and unsafe school environments that can result in lower educational outcomes and higher rates of depression and suicide for LGBT students, and offers concrete recommendations for policies at all levels, from schools to legislatures.
The full brief is online at http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/safe-at-school

Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History
This is a documentary film that chronicles one student’s ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. It can become a cornerstone of anti-bullying efforts in middle and high schools.

Available FREE, Bullied includes:

  • A 40-minute documentary film (DVD), with closed captioning and with Spanish subtitles
  • A two-part viewer’s guide with standards-aligned lesson plans and activities for use in staff development
  • Additional materials online

Speaking OUT Against Bullying
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/glbtrt/popularresources/bullying.cfm Speaking OUT is a wonderfully diverse list of resources about bullying. There are links to resources for kids in trouble and the people who care about them. The below are suggestions from members of the GLBT Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) in response to the recent suicides of teased and bullied LGBTQ teens in the U.S. The list will be updated as more suggestions are received.
Among the resources mentioned here:

  • Make it Better Project
    In response to columnist Dan Savage's "It Gets Better," video project, the Make it Better Project gives youth the tools they need to make their lives better now. "Through our website and YouTube channel, youth and adults can work together to make schools safer for LGBT youth right now. We aren’t waiting until high school is over for our lives to get better. We are taking action now! Join us!"
  • Welcoming Schools
    Welcoming Schools is an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments. Welcoming Schools provides administrators, educators, and parents/guardians with the resources necessary to create learning environments in which all learners are welcomed and respected.
  • GLSEN: Anti-Bullying Resources
    Through research-based interventions, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) provides resources and support for schools to implement effective and age-appropriate anti-bullying programs to improve school climate for all students. While many schools show a willingness to address bullying generally, effective efforts must address the pervasive issue of anti-LGBT bullying as a crucial element of the problem. Listed below are programs and resources to help all members of the school community address bullying in inclusive and effective ways.
  • A Thin Line
    MTV's A Thin Line campaign was developed to empower youth to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse. The campaign is built on the understanding that there's a "thin line" between what may begin as a harmless joke and something that could end up having a serious impact on you or someone else.
  • Youth are Speaking OUT
    The Equality Project http://www.theequalityproject.net/
    An organization founded on Facebook by openly gay public high school students. They strive to eliminate bullying and attain equality for all school students. The Facebook link is a few paragraphs down

Connecting the Invisible Dots: Network-Based Methods to Reach a Hidden Population at Risk for Suicide
By Vincent Michael Bernard Silenzio, et al.
Social Science and Medicine
August 2009
This is a journal article intended largely for professionals, but the subject matter could be of interest to many other folks. The paper reports a study that explores online social networks as a venue for prevention research targeting LGB youth. From the abstract: “Young lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals report higher rates of suicide ideation and attempts from their late teens through early twenties. Their high rate of Internet use suggests that online social networks offer a novel opportunity to reach them.”

If you are someone who lives with or works with youth, take a look at this:

Suicide Prevention Fact Sheet (in English and Spanish)
These provide concrete, useful tips about suicide and depression risk factors, warning signs, what to watch for, and how to help. They also have statistics about depression and suicide, especially among teens, and some resources (most of which are national).
English Fact Sheet
Spanish Fact Sheet

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