Have you – or someone you love – ever been bullied? What IS bullying and what do we know about how to prevent it? At this first-in-a-series joint event, we’ll explore how widespread bullying has become and hear from Jane Clementi whose son Tyler was a victim of cyber-bullying. As a freshman in college, Tyler learned he had widely become a topic of ridicule and ended his life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. The Tyler Clementi Foundation is now working to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities.
If were unable to attend or livestream the Anti-bullying conversation with Jane Clementi and Sean Kosofsky of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, you can watch it below. You can be a part of the solution by using our resouces list below.
If you have questions about anti-bullying or would like to suggest ideas for future conversations, email GIFTS@MarbleChurch.org. Please put “Anti-Bullying” in the subject line.
There are hundreds of websites devoted to anti-bullying resources. While this list is by no means exhaustive, we hope this provides a starting point for your own learning around anti-bullying. Below are just a select few that contain valuable information for kids and teens (including LGBTQ youth), parents, teachers and the community.
Education and outreach on how to combat bullying and cyberbullying.
“Enough is Enough”
Information for parents and teens on cyberbullying and steps to take.
Preventing Bullying and Cyber-Bullying
A guide for students, educators and school administrators.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
A free 800 number to call for help for yourself or someone else. Includes phone and web resources. 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)
If you or someone you know is experiencing bullying in a New York City public school, please contact the BRAVEline Monday through Friday 2:30 pm-9:30 pm by calling (212) 709-3222, texting BRAVE to 43961. Includes phone and web resources.
Includes a particular emphasis for parents and friends of LGBTQ persons and youth.
The Bullying Business
Bullying used to conjure images of kids shaking down awkward classmates for lunch money or teasing them for not “fitting in,” but the truth is, bullying has always been a serious topic, with dire (and fatal) results in the past few years. According to recent statistics, over 50,000 children in the United States have taken their lives over the last seven years as a result of bullying. That may seem like a small number, given the total population, but that breaks down to over 20 suicides per day.
To counter this, a number of community groups, national organizations, and entrepreneurs are working to not only give counseling to kids who are suffering from bullying, but to prevent bullying from occurring in the first place.
The Trevor Project
Founded in 1998, The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Includes phone and web resources.
1 (866) 488-7386 or text the word “Trevor” to (202) 304-1200. Standard text messaging rates apply.
The Tyler Clementi Foundation
Founded after the suicide of Tyler Clementi, who was secretly “outed” by his college roommate using the internet, The Tyler Clementi Foundation was born out of the urgent need to address the needs of vulnerable populations, especially LGBT and other victims of hostile social environments. Includes its own robust list of resources
Workplace Bullying Institute
Workplace Bullying Institute is the only U.S. organization dedicated to the eradication of workplace bullying that combines help for individuals, research, books, public education, training for professionals-unions-employers, legislative advocacy, and consulting solutions for organizations.
Guide to Protecting Your Child From Bullying and Violence at School
Bullying is an increasingly prevalent problem, with more than 750,000 reported acts of school violence each year. Bullying and school violence can occur on and off school property, and involve perpetrators, victims, and witnesses.
Cyber and physical bullying are growing and undeniable problems, and like so many misunderstood issues, education and awareness are the best prevention tools we have. This guidebook's purpose is to do just that: educate students of all ages and their families about what bullying is, why it happens, and what they can do to prevent it. Key elements of the guide include:
- An in-depth look at specific types of bullying, including cyberbullying, sexual bullying, physical bullying and more
- An extensive Q&A with two leading experts in psychology and psychiatry
- Bullying prevention techniques for students, parents, teachers and administrators
Two experts in the field were essential in our crafting of this guide. Dr. Ben Michaelis is a clinical psychologist and regular guest/contributor on Huffington Post, Fox News, and the Today Show. Dr. Steven C. Schlozman is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and also serves as the Associate Director of the Clay Center for Young Health Minds. Their combined expertise was an invaluable asset, allowing us to get a uniquely in-depth look at the truth of bullying.
View the guidebook here.