Monday, October 11, 2010

Bullying - Awareness, Prevention and Intervention

As we know from recent tragic events, bullying, and more recently, cyber-bullying, is a serious problem. Below are some online resources that can assist children and the adults who care/work with children learn effective strategies for recognizing, preventing and combating bully-type behaviours.

Out on a Limb - A Guide to Getting Along, is a website that covers common situations children will find themselves in and guide them towards making the right decisions when dealing with others. According to the teacher's guide, the activities on the Out on a Limb website are designed primarily for third graders, but can be used to entertain and educate youth from the second and fourth grades as well.

Stop Bullying Now, a site produced by the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services - Health Resources and Services Administration and geared at parents/educators/youth advisors, etc., includes a section geared at kids, with webisodes and games that help children "Take a Stand, Lend a Hand."

STRYVE (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) Online provides online training and resources for adults who want to prevent youth violence before it starts. While the site mentions providing "online community workspaces," their Take Action section is still under construction.

The National Crime Prevention Council provides advice for parents on bullying and also has a safety section geared at kids (however, is just a bunch of text; the interactive games/webinars from some of the other providers would probably be more compelling to children/students used to enhanced content).

Websites such as TeensHealth and PBS Kids Go! - It's My Life also have content geared at children and young people dealing with bullying, and there are also materials available to check out from the library.

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