October is Bullying Prevention Month

boy blue shirtThis month, groups across the country committed to stop bullying will release new resources, campaigns, and efforts aimed at bringing awareness to this important issue facing our youth.  This month serves as a reminder that bullying prevention must be addressed, and one way to accomplish this is through educating ourselves, our communities and the youth in our lives. Below are some anti-bullying resources that you may find useful.

From preventbullying.iowa.gov

Below are some anti-bullying resources that you may find useful:

From Ask Resource Center:

Walk the Talk Iowa provides bullying prevention training to families across the state of Iowa in partnership with the Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa (LDA-IA). Walk the Talk is almost entirely funded with private donations and an annual walk and roll event. The project has its own website at www.walkthetalkiowa.org.

From StopBulling.gov:

A Month of Learning for Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Here are just some of the great efforts in store during Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.

  • Media Guidelines for Bullying Prevention.  Media coverage of social issues has a big impact on how communities understand and address problems. Research and expert opinion suggest that certain trends in media coverage of bullying have the potential to do harm. This guidance offers help to journalists, bloggers, the entertainment creative community, and others who are developing content about bullying to engage in responsible reporting on this important topic.
  • Youth Engagement Event. Across the country, youth are encouraged to talk about bullying by organizing bullying prevention social and educational events through youth organizations in their communities.  Youth can report back on these activities through our Tumblr page . For more information, visit StopBullying.gov.
  • Conversation Starters Mobile App. Later this month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will release an app for parents to help start conversations with their kids about bullying.
  • Bullying Prevention Training Center.  This revamped section of the website provides a one-stop-shop for training materials for educators and community leaders. These new materials will be available in late October in our Training Center on StopBullying.gov.
  • Dear Colleague Letter. The Department of Education has issued guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague letter that provides an overview of school districts’ responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to address bullying of students with disabilities.

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