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Posted: September 13, 2016
Every day, kids of all ages experience bullying in schools across the country. In the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, this problem is often compounded by cultural, religious, and linguistic barriers that can make it harder for AAPI youth to seek and receive help. Anecdotal evidence has shown that certain AAPI groups – including South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Micronesian, LGBT, immigrant, and limited English proficient youth – are more likely to be the targets of bullying. And in some areas, bullying of AAPI students can be shockingly common.
To help address this problem, in November 2014, during the fifth anniversary of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the federal government formed an interagency AAPI Bullying Prevention Task Force (AAPI Task Force). The AAPI Task Force strives to learn more about the experiences of AAPI students facing bullying and how the federal government can help. The AAPI... Continue ReadingPosted in Specific Groups
Posted: September 8, 2016
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. Stopbullying.gov is full of resources that can help everyone invested in eliminating bullying!
Kids: Check out our kid resources at: http://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/webisodes/ 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 “Be More Than a Bystander” section at http://... Continue Reading
Posted: July 5, 2016
In a small town like Bayfield, Colorado, no one thinks anything bad happens; especially not bullying. People think, “How can bullying be a problem here?” It is a problem – a big one. Bullying happens everywhere – whether in a small town or big city. I started a bullying prevention project because I wanted to raise awareness among my fellow students that bullying is a problem and help them understand the huge impact that bullying can have on their peers. I wanted people to realize how damaging bullying is.
I wasn’t physically bullied. I was harassed and taunted because of a false rumor being spread about me. None of the bullying I ever experienced was physical; however, I can guarantee that it hurt just as much, if not more.
Because of the pain I suffered, I wanted other students at my high school to realize that it is a big problem. In order to really reach the students, I would have to get them involved, and I thought that the best way to do that was with a school-wide assembly.
I had students take two surveys, one before the assembly, and the other after... Continue ReadingPosted in Profiles/Voices from the Field
Posted: March 30, 2016
Through our work with communities across the country, we know stakeholders from health and education sectors are eager to prevent youth bullying. Yet, they may not know where to get the right information to start and sustain impactful local efforts. This is why the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a new Bullying Prevention Online Course, which will provide the tools needed to help make a difference in communities across the U.S. This course presents the latest knowledge and best practices from the field of bullying prevention.
This course is a FREE professional development tool for everyone who wants to be engaged in bullying... Continue Reading
Posted: March 17, 2016
Youth-adult partnerships involve multiple youth working together with multiple adults to address issues that are important to the overall health of people, groups and communities. A goal of these partnerships is to stimulate youth to develop social responsibility – a crucial factor in the promotion of health and well-being. Research ... Continue Reading
Posted: February 9, 2016
Not since the days and months immediately after September 11 has the Muslim community faced the level of anti-Muslim bias and bullying that has been seen over the past several months. In the wake of Paris and other terrorist attacks, combined with the emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a lack of information among the public about Islam, and the tendency to associate Islam with terrorism, there has been an increase in expressions and incidents
targeting the Muslim community and those who are perceived to be Muslim, such as members of the Sikh community. There has also been an increased wave of anti-Muslim sentiment in our public discourse, political rhetoric and everyday interactions. Schools have not been immune. Youth have been called, “terrorists” or “ISIS.” There have been... Continue ReadingPosted in Specific Groups
Posted: January 14, 2016
The library is one of the safe places at school – where everyone can feel welcome and comfortable asking for advice and resources. Librarians are nurturers, caregivers and protectors.
We take this role especially seriously at our middle school, where 57 percent of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and many are transitioning to the United States from other countries. This year we emphasized that it’s possible to overcome a reputation our students may not be proud of – online and offline. We can all have second chances.
We’ve built our school as a community. As educators, we have the greatest impact on our students when we help them develop both a sense of self and community. We’ve found that a key piece of bullying prevention lies in helping students feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves.
Our school builds many of these kinds of... Continue Reading
Posted: December 9, 2015
Research confirms what many public health practitioners, educators, parents, and children have long known—that bullying is a serious issue Site Exit Disclaimer facing our nation. In October of 2014, HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau shared its vision to activate support on this important challenge by establishing bullying prevalence as one of 15 new National Performance Measures for the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant Program. Continue Reading
Posted: December 3, 2015
Bullying affects children and young adults in every U.S. state and jurisdiction. Across the nation, we’ve seen communities work together in response to this issue, investing their resources to increase bullying prevention efforts and create safer environments for youth. Whether through ongoing bullying prevention trainings for adults who work with youth using the guidance of StopBullying.gov resources, or a coalition to coordinate community efforts, local community members are laying the groundwork for successful long-term initiatives. Continue Reading
Posted: October 5, 2015
This month, across the world, from New York to New Zealand, thousands of schools, communities, organizations, and individuals will come together to release new resources, campaigns, and efforts aimed at raising awareness for bullying prevention. Nearly a decade old, Bullying Prevention Awareness month was initiated by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center in October 2006. Since it began, the event has grown to an entire month of education and awareness activities, and is being recognized by schools and communities throughout the world. PACER recognized that students, parents, and people around the world need to become more aware of the... Continue Reading