A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The site is filled with good advice that encourages teens to respect each other. There's insight into the psychology of bullies, victims, and bystanders, helping teens understand why people feel and act the way they do. The site also adeptly addresses the issue of "difference," with a focus on people with disabilities.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of videos shows a girl spreading rumors about a classmate's "slutty" behavior.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this nonprofit initiative was designed by the PACER Center -- an advocacy organization for young people with disabilities -- to teach teens how to identify and deal with bullying. There's plenty of solid advice, and it's repeated in a variety of ways -- videos, stories, quizzes, and more -- smartly catering to teens with different learning styles. Nothing on the site is inappropriate, but parents should be aware that some of the content might trigger upset feelings in teens who've been bullied. Demi Lovato is the site's spokesperson.
Is It Any Good?
TEENS AGAINST BULLYING takes an in-depth look at the psychology of bullying, demonstrating keen insight into the teen psyche rather than merely telling visitors to "be nice." There's plenty of practical advice on how to deal with bullying, as well as creative ideas for spreading the anti-bullying message -- like writing an article in the school newspaper or doing improv exercises. The Flash-based site employs lots of multimedia features to make the content interactive and interesting; it does the job well, although sometimes it gets a bit confusing in its complexity.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.