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Sep 8, 2016|By: Ingrid Donato, Chief, Mental Health Promotion Branch, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Ed Board member
Posted In: Prevention

Now that September has rolled around again, it can mean only one thing:  back to school!  In the excitement of meeting new teachers, getting back on the school schedule, carpools, and busses to catch, it is also a great time to help kids prevent bullying. is full of resources that can help everyone invested in eliminating bullying! 

Kids: Check out our kid resources and learn how KB, Josh, Milton, and their friends deal with kids who bully. After watching each video, take a quiz to see how much you know about bullying. Older kids, check out our Teens section and learn how you can be exceptional role models in your school.

Parents: Take a moment and download the free mobile app: KNOWBullying.  This app – available for both android and iPhone – provides all the information you need to understand the signs and symptoms of bullying, to learn how to “stop it on the spot”, how to reach out for help, and even how to engage in meaningful conversations with your kids that can open the doorway to a deeper relationship with them.

Teachers and School Administrators:  Learn the five key components to an effective school bullying prevention plan:  1) Assess bullying in your school, 2) Engage parents and youth, 3) Create policies and rules, 4) Build a safe environment, and 5) Educate students and school staff. has the resources to help schools

Community Leaders:  Take advantage of our free Community Action Toolkit - PDF. The Toolkit includes materials to create a community event using the research, ideas and bullying prevention and response strategies. There is also a or here for a Spanish version - PDF.

Everyone who would like to help make a difference:  Take our online course.  This free online course will walk you through the basics you need to know about bullying and bullying prevention. And you can earn free continuing education credits as well!

On behalf of the Editorial Board, we wish you a wonderful, happy, and safe school year! 

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