Feature: Stop Bullying Now!

What AMCHP is doing to Stop Bullying Now!

On any given day, kids may hear a nasty rumor, be pushed in the hallway, receive a mean text message or exclude others from a group. Is this bullying?

Bullying is any form of verbal or physical harassment that occurs repeatedly over time, is intended to cause harm, and involves an imbalance of power between the child who bullies and the child who is being bullied. It’s a serious problem, and AMCHP has partnered with Stop Bullying Now! to provide you with free resources to address the issue.

Stop Bullying Now!, a campaign designed to educate Americans on how to prevent and reduce bullying, is dedicated to AMCHP’s goal to ensure the health and safety of children and adolescents. As children head back to school, it is important to remember the roles of health professionals, educators and parents in bullying prevention and reduction. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) launched Stop Bullying Now! in 2004. Responding to recent research that indicates high incidences of bullying across the country, Stop Bullying Now! focuses on “tweens” (youth ages 9 through 13). The Stop Bullying Now! website, www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov, offers youth-friendly resources: Webisodes, short, animated stories featuring characters facing bullying situations; games on bullying prevention; age appropriate tips and an “Ask the Expert” column (http://stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/index.asp?area=coolstuff). The site also provides resources for families, teachers and community leaders who influence youth. The “What Adults Can Do” section offers prevention and resolution tips for adults (http://www.bullyingresources.org/main/adult/indexAdult.asp). This section includes downloadable tip sheets, public service announcements, and articles by bullying prevention experts.

The Stop Bullying Now! campaign is designed to be easily adaptable for individuals and organizations. The campaign’s valuable resources, which are free, include the Stop Bullying Now! Video Toolkit DVD and Activities Guide. They can be used by anyone who serves youth, including teachers, counselors, administrators, program officers, camp counselors, school nurses, school resource officers and more.