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  • Posted: October 17, 2016

    Bullying is a big problem for many children and teens, and especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. 

    Data from the 2015 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) show that in the year before the survey:

    34% of lesbian, gay and bisexual students were bullied on school property 28% of lesbian, gay and bisexual students were electronically bullied, and 13% of lesbian, gay and bisexual students did not go to school because of safety concerns.

    While nationally representative data are not yet available based on gender identity, we know that transgender youth often suffer even higher levels of bullying and violence than their non-transgender peers.

    For all groups, bullying is linked to poor outcomes, including poor mental health, substance use, suicide, and academic problems. A... Continue Reading

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  • Posted: October 12, 2016
    Percentage of High School Students Who Experienced Bullying, by Sexual Identity, 2015, Percentage of High School Students Who Experienced Bullying, by Sex of Sexual Contact, 2015

    Every other year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) administers the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in high schools across the U.S. In the 2015 survey, two items were included to capture sexual orientation - self-reported sexual identity and the sex of sexual contacts. The results, found here, provide current national estimates of the percentage of high school students who are gay, lesbian, and bisexual or are not sure of their sexual identity and the percentage of high school students who have had sexual contact with only the same sex or with both sexes. In addition, the publication provides estimates of many health-related behaviors by sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts.

    Nationwide, 89% of high school students identified as heterosexual, 2% identified as gay or lesbian, 6% identified as bisexual, and 3% were not sure of their sexual identity. Approximately 19% and 14% of heterosexual students had... Continue Reading

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  • Posted: October 4, 2016
    Young people run together

    This month, the world comes together to raise awareness for bullying prevention and to reflect on where we have been, where we are now, and where we hope to be in the years to come. This year’s Bullying Prevention Awareness Month marks the 10th anniversary of its initiation by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. Since 2006, the event has grown to an entire month of education and awareness activities, and is being recognized by schools and communities throughout the world.

    This month serves as a reminder that bullying prevention must be addressed,... Continue Reading

  • Posted: September 21, 2016
    National Academies Report Cover

    The recently released National Academies report, Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice (May 2016), presents a lot of actionable findings and recommendations. Our partners at the Children’s Safety Network (CSN) hosted a webinar series this summer, highlighting three major topic areas covered in the report: The Consequences of Bullying, Bullying Prevention Law and Policy and Preventative Interventions for Bullying. Each webinar featured bullying prevention experts who were co-authors of the report, and they shared their own insights and supporting research. The webinars have been archived for future viewing.

    The Consequences of Bullying 

    Dr... Continue Reading

  • Posted: September 8, 2016
    child walks with adult

    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 in Prevention
  • Posted: April 19, 2016
    woman speaking at podium

    School continues to be a dangerous place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.   A 2014 study by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) found that 65% of LGBT students heard homophobic remarks frequently or often, 56% of LGBT students reported personally experiencing LGBT-related discriminatory policies or practices at school, and 33% of LGBT students were physically harassed (e.g., pushed or shoved) in the past year because of their sexual orientation.

    “Despite increased public acceptance of LGBT people in general, many school campuses remain toxic environments for LGBT students, contributing to higher rates of suicide, depression, homelessness and HIV infection,” said Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean.

    In 2013, the Los Angeles LGBT Center and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in coordination with other community... Continue Reading

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  • Posted: March 30, 2016
    mother with arm around daughter

    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 in Prevention
  • Posted: March 2, 2016

    States and districts are increasingly in support of policies and practices that shift school discipline away from zero tolerance, such as suspension and expulsion, to discipline that is focused on teaching and engagement. To this effort, districts and states are rethinking discipline and adopting both Restorative Justice Practices (RJP) and Bullying Prevention (BP) as school-wide efforts to provide school staff with a set of preventative and responsive strategies to supporting positive student behaviors. Continue Reading

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  • Posted: October 29, 2015
    a girl stands apart from other teens

    At the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline , we believe it’s important to raise awareness about the effects of bullying. Together with our partners, we work to provide resources and support for those in emotional distress, including individuals who have been bullied.

    In popular media, bullying behavior is often linked to suicide in youth.  As a result, many in the community may believe that bullying is a direct cause of suicidal behavior in young people.  In fact, while bullying can be a factor in youth suicide, bullying alone... Continue Reading

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  • Posted: October 21, 2015
    Girl comforting friend.

    Throughout the year, StopBullying.gov featured a series of blog posts co-authored by bullying prevention subject matter experts at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and other key partner organizations. The series, called “Take Action Today” shared compelling and personal stories of teachers, school nurses, law enforcement officials, and others who work every day to prevent bullying in their schools and communities. The collective efforts of these groups, such as the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY), Sesame Workshop and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) are helping to create safer social climates for children and youth across the country.

    In recognition of October being Bullying Prevention Awareness month,... Continue Reading

    Posted in Prevention


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