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From Stopbullying.gov:

Spending 15 minutes a day listening and talking with your child can help build the foundation for a strong relationship and provide reassurance that he/she can come to you with a problem. It can also help your child recognize and respond to bullying.
KnowBullying, a new mobile app by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), can help get the conversation started among parents and their children. The app provides tips on talking about school, work, relationships, life, and bullying. Learn more.

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From Stopbullying.gov:

Spending 15 minutes a day listening and talking with your child can help build the foundation for a strong relationship and provide reassurance that he/she can come to you with a problem. It can also help your child recognize and respond to bullying.

KnowBullying, a new mobile app by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), can help get the conversation started among parents and their children. The app provides tips on talking about school, work, relationships, life, and bullying. Learn more.

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From Stopbullying.gov:

The You Have The Power! Bullying Prevention Peer Education Project (YHTP!) is a 10-week after-school program where trained high school age youth mentors, with adult supervision, teach elementary and middle school students about the characteristics, risks, and consequences of bullying, and bullying prevention.
Often when people hear the phrase “peer pressure” they think of how young people can influence each other in negative ways. However, peer pressure can also apply to how youth can be positive and supportive role models to others. As a high school student, Colleen O’Neill had an interest in promoting bullying prevention in schools. Her friends, including Mike Sousane encouraged her to become involved with the You Have the Power! Bullying Prevention Peer Education Project (YHTP!) at Sherwood High School in Maryland.
“I’ve always been someone that wants to help the community and the people around me. Some of my friends volunteered for You Have the Power!. From what I heard about it from them, it sounded like a great way to get involved, help the community and have fun. I also love working with kids, so knowing that was part of the program helped me choose to join.” Read more.

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From Stopbullying.gov:

The You Have The Power! Bullying Prevention Peer Education Project (YHTP!) is a 10-week after-school program where trained high school age youth mentors, with adult supervision, teach elementary and middle school students about the characteristics, risks, and consequences of bullying, and bullying prevention.

Often when people hear the phrase “peer pressure” they think of how young people can influence each other in negative ways. However, peer pressure can also apply to how youth can be positive and supportive role models to others. As a high school student, Colleen O’Neill had an interest in promoting bullying prevention in schools. Her friends, including Mike Sousane encouraged her to become involved with the You Have the Power! Bullying Prevention Peer Education Project (YHTP!) at Sherwood High School in Maryland.

“I’ve always been someone that wants to help the community and the people around me. Some of my friends volunteered for You Have the Power!. From what I heard about it from them, it sounded like a great way to get involved, help the community and have fun. I also love working with kids, so knowing that was part of the program helped me choose to join.” Read more.

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From Stopbullying.gov:

Words can hurt. Think twice before you send a message by text. Once it’s out there, you can’t take it back. Learn more about cyberbullying.

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From Stopbullying.gov:

Words can hurt. Think twice before you send a message by text. Once it’s out there, you can’t take it back. Learn more about cyberbullying.

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From Stopbullying.gov:

Labels can hurt. Take a stand against labeling others by sharing this video with your friends. Reblog and spread the word that labels don’t define you.

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From Stopbullying.gov:

Labels can hurt. Take a stand against labeling others by sharing this video with your friends. Reblog and spread the word that labels don’t define you.

Understanding the Impact of Labels on Teens

By Katie Gorscak, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Earlier this week, StopBullying.gov launched two new videos and an animated GIF that address the issue of labels and how words can do harm. This project is a result of regular engagement and collaboration with one of the main audiences for StopBullying.gov: teens.

Communication professionals pride themselves on coming up with big ideas and big messages. I am one of those people, but I also recognize when I may need a little help connecting with my audience. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a teen’s shoes, much less the fashionable variety worn by the youth of today.

My work with StopBullying.gov has afforded me a great opportunity to regularly work with teens and to gain a better understanding of what they go through on a day-to-day basis. In the past year, I have had the pleasure to work with teens from 4-H, listen to presentations by youth during bullying prevention workshops, and scour the internet in search for which types of messages resonate with teens.

One theme that has come up, time and time again, is that words can do harm and that labels don’t equal the person. We have previously explored this idea on the StopBullying.gov blog, affirming our position to not label children. But there’s more to this idea than just the research.

Every time that I have spoken with youth about bullying, the idea of labels has come up. Teens have expressed that they don’t want to be defined by the color of their skin, their interests, or by perceived stereotypes. This notion of labels being harmful, and how teens regular fight against stereotyping, is something that affect teens from all walks of life.

By regularly working with teens directly, I believe we can better address the issues that affect them every day. And if we can reach one teen and inspire them to rise above bullying, then we are well on our way to inspiring a new generation of teens.

If you need ideas to help talk to your teen about bullying or need help recognizing the signs of bullying visit Stopbullying.gov or the StopBullying.gov Tumblr page.