Bullying and Internet Safety Resources

As adults – as parents, educators, mentors, it’s our job to educate kids on the power of the technology they treat as a toy.  On this page, I’m collecting a list of links to various resources – blogs of first-hand accounts of bullying terror, news stories that describe in detail what happens to kids who engage in bullying behavior, and where you can go for help – if you’re bullied, are the parent of a bullied child, or even a bully who’s ready to stop hurting people. If you have a link to share, please email me at pattyblount3 at gmail dot com.  Let this be our wake-up call.

The child you save could be your own.

I’ve recently updated this page to now include links for sexual assault and rape survivors. I believe it’s CRUCIAL for victims of sexually violent crimes to know they’re supported and heard. 

 

October is Bullying Awareness Month

Teach kids how to stand UP to bullying instead of stand by. Did you know when bystanders speak for victims, bullying STOPS 57% of the time? Go here for more advice. http://www.standuptobullying.org/ and http://www.stopbullying.gov/respond/be-more-than-a-bystander.

Read the eSafety Guide for Parents and this Cyberbullying post on KidsHealth.

Single Dad Laughing – one of the hardest-to-read-but-must-be-read accounts I’ve found

Suicide Hotlines – if you feel like there’s no one to talk to, call one.

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) – New York State law. Could this be a model for the rest of the country?

Ernest the Owl Parent and Teacher Guide to the Internet. This downloadable guide from The Connection is best suited for conversation with young children.

What is Cyberbullying? An Overview for Students, Parents and Teachers (Maryville University Online)  This guide provides examples, links to additional resources, and statistics.

Emergency Internet Safety for Kids. This AlertFind site is written for younger kids, in language they can understand.

Cyberbullying: A Resource for School Social Workers. This 4-part guide for schools can help create safer environments. 

Internet Safety for Kids is a parent’s guide full of advice on how to protect them on social media and when you should consider buying first phones. 

 

Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors

Coming forward to report a rape or sexual assault is often traumatic. Don’t do it alone. If you’ve been raped, I urge you to request the services of a rape crisis counselor who is specially trained to help you through the process. 

If you love someone who was sexually assaulted, these resources can help you manage your own emotions so you can provide the support your loved one needs. 

RAINN — Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. Click the link or call them. They operate the National Sexual Assault Hotline and can help you find local resources. 

Contact Take Back the Night to learn how you can organize an event. 

Learn your rights in New York State. 

If you’re a man committed to stopping sexual violence, here’s a useful link. Men’s Anti-Violence Organizations

 

Ongoing Support

If you or someone you love has survived bullying or sexual assault and are experiencing issues coping, you could be suffering from PTSD. This link is for a PTSD Self-Test. 

Please seek professional help. Your life has value. Your experience has meaning. But your experience is not the sum total of your life. Professional counselors can help you reclaim your life. 

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