Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Website Review: StopBullying.gov

The STOPBULLYING.GOV website provides a variety of useful resources to help educators develop programs to prevent bullying.
Managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the website contains major sections including “what is bullying”, “cyberbullying”, “who is at risk”, “prevent bullying”, “respond to bullying”, and “get help now”. The content includes definitions, examples, statistics, strategies, and additional information.
In addition, there are sections specifically aimed at parents, educators, community members, teens, and kids. The website blog and newsroom contains up-to-date information and resources including articles, research findings, and strategies.
Of particular note are the media sections. The images page contains appealing photos and infographics that could be used in library displays. The video page includes dozens of short videos focusing on specific issues such as LGBT bullying and cyberbullying.
For youth working on research projects related to bullying, the resources page and policies and laws page would be particularly useful.
Kick off the school year with a library promotion that encourages friendship and positive relationships. Weave in resources to help young people address the issue of bullying before it starts.
To visit the website, go to http://www.stopbullying.gov.

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