Federal Government Launches Anti-Bullying Website
April 3, 2012 1 Comment
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have unveiled a revitalized Stop Bullying website– www.stopbullying.gov, — “to encourage children, parents, educators, and communities to take action to stop and prevent bullying.”
According to a press release,” Students who are bullied are more likely to struggle in school and skip class. They are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, be depressed, and are at higher risk of suicide.”
“The website provides a map with detailed information on state laws and policies, interactive webisodes and videos for young people, practical strategies for schools and communities to ensure safe environments, and suggestions on how parents can talk about this sensitive subject with their children. The site also explores the dangers of cyberbullying and steps youngsters and parents can take to fight it,” says the release.
There is a “Get Help” page, which is directly linked to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which means young people can get immediate help for themselves or others if needed.
The site could prove to be a valuable resource in states like Idaho that offers little if any protections for victims of bullying.
A bill that would have strengthened Idaho’s anti-bullying law died in the Idaho legislature after being held hostage by Republican Rep. Bob Nonini, Chairman of the House Education Committee.
According to this year’s Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey, released by the Idaho Department of Education, out of 1,702 students in 48 public high schools in Idaho, 22.8 percent report being bullied or harassed on school property within the last year.