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PACER Center's Teens Against Bullying

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Smart multimedia site combats teen bullying.

What parents need to know

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about cyberbullying and check out the site's Bullying Unplugged section (under Respond). Why would teens who don't bully in "real life" send nasty texts or IMs, or post hurtful things on social networking sites? Have you ever experienced this -- or initiated it -- or do you know someone who has?

  • Families can talk about the Person First section on the site (under Respond), which discusses how to treat people with disabilities in a respectful manner. How are teens with disabilities treated at your school? Why are people who are "different" so often targeted by bullies? What kinds of representations of teens with disabilities do you see on TV and in other media?

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Genre:Civic Engagement
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent Written byMrBoo July 18, 2010
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Too much sex
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Adult Written bydemicrazedfan September 7, 2010

not ok

i hate bullying it never ok im 20 i was bullied n still leave mark. what yall doing goood my cousin getting bullied n showed her this she ok:) demi is my idol n this neeeds to stop
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