|Jun 14, 2012|
Groups take the fight against bullying to the street, internet
In the struggle to discover how to prevent bullying, some groups have gone outside of the school setting and into the streets and internet. These efforts work outside of the education system, but often work in conjunction with it to help improve anti-bullying solutions and bring an end to these childhood fears.
In Austin, Minnesota, the Community Against Bullying (CAB) organization recently hosted its second annual Take It To The Streets fundraiser. Armed with pamphlets discussing the facts about bullying, promotional t-shirts and donation boxes, CAB members walked through of the town, discussing bullying with residents and giving advice to those who have been affected by bullying in the recent and distant past.
According to the Austin Daily Herald, one elderly resident told CAB's head organizer, Danielle Borgerson-Nesvold, about how the bullying he was the victim of 60 years ago still affected him today.
"We're never going to get rid of bullying," Borgerson-Nesvold told the Austin Post-Bulletin. "But we can kind of surround our community with a sense of hope. We can create an atmosphere where kids don't become victims. We're going to be able to make kids bully proof."
On the internet, two websites were recently recognized for their anti-bullying efforts as well by KidsPeace - TeenCentral.net and ParentCentral.net. The two sister sites focus on bullying education, while offering help and advice as well. Designed as anonymous places for users to sign up and receive advice, the two websites hope to make lives better for children and teens who are victims.
"There is a tremendous need to make children, teens and parents aware of what bullying is and how it affects everyone involved," said Julius Licata, the director of TeenCentral.Net and ParentCentral.Net. "It can be devastating for a person of any age to be the butt of jokes or harassed because they are different or not as popular as others. It can scar a person and make their lives unbearable. We have to be more aware of the horrors of this anti-social behavior and we must help stop this dangerous and vicious behavior."
For schools looking to further these anti-bullying efforts, services are available that can offer students improved ways of reporting bullying as well. uTip, the Bully Buster, gives children and teens the ability to anonymously report a bully to school officials from their own cell phone. Powered by e2Campus' award winning software, uTip is a cloud-based and reliable way to give students a sense of security inside and out of the classroom.