Health and Human Services (HHS) along with the U.S. Department of Education have launched a new bullying prevention website called StopBullying.gov. The site was created to encourage children, parents, and educators to put an end to bullying in their communities and to continue to prevent it from happening. The site includes interactive webisodes and videos with strategies for young people and schools to ensure safe environments. Videos also give parents suggestions on how they can discuss the topic of bullying with their children and issues with cyberbullying. The site also includes information on state laws and policies.
Since bullying is emotional and physical abuse, many children who are victims of bullying are more likely to use alcohol and drugs, and experience feelings of depression and suicide. The site offers helpful resources like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline where young people can seek immediate help.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan who, along with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, introduced the new website said, “We’ve come a long way in the past year in educating the public about the health and educational impacts that bullying can have on students […] and StopBullying.gov features ways we can all take action against bullying.”