STOMP Out Bullying

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Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Low-tech but informative site offers tips and chat help.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about cyberbullying, hazing, and other types of bullying. The effects bullying can have and causes that can make someone become a bully are also discussed. Kids may become more self-aware, empathetic, and understand other people's perspectives. They're urged to respect others and themselves, communicate and express themselves, and process their feelings and emotions. In general, they'll get a chance to utilize numerous ethical and emotional skills.

Positive Messages

Kids are encouraged to be confident and address bullying-related problems, including asking for help if needed.

Violence & Scariness

Bullying can involve physical or verbal violence, which is mentioned on the site, but nothing graphic or upsetting is shown or described.

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 Some items deal with sexual harassment and similar issues in dating. But all information is presented in an educational, factual manner.

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Consumerism

Sponsors are mentioned, and a few sections of the site refer to donations, but the requests aren't obnoxious.  

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the STOMP Out Bullying organization's website offers bullying prevention and equality-focused educational information. Thirteen- to twenty-four year-olds can connect with trained volunteers for emotional support via an online chatline from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. EST two days a week. Site content touches on topics such as homophobia and different forms of bullying and includes tips on responding to incidents as a target or bystander, as well as resources for parents and educators. Blog posts examine other issues, and kids can learn how to get involved with the organization.

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What's it about?

The STOMP OUT BULLYING organization's website offers bullying prevention and equality-focused educational information. Thirteen- to 24-year-olds can connect with trained volunteers for emotional support via an online chatline. Site content touches on topics such as homophobia and different forms of bullying and includes tips on responding to incidents as a target or bystander, as well as resources for parents and educators. Blog posts examine other issues, and kids can learn how to get involved with the organization.

Is it any good?

This national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens has included a number of practical resources on its website. Kids can learn about some of the campaigns the STOMP Out Bullying organization has sponsored to raise awareness, or check out periodic blog posts on topics ranging from stopping hatred and racism to how to deal with bullying at summer camp. Most content can be found in the Get Help Now! section of the site, which contains materials for parents and educators and descriptions of different forms of bullying, along with suggestions on how to counter the behavior. The section also houses a live online chat capability, where kids who are feeling distressed can speak to a trained volunteer.

Kids should be prepared to spend some time reading -- almost all of the site content centers on that activity. They won't find many videos or interactive elements, and a fair amount of the written material focuses on background about the organization, such as its history and mission. But kids can also learn quite a bit about different ways bullying can occur -- through emotional intimidation, for instance, or hazing -- and the site has made an effort to directly address bullying perpetrators. Kids can take a quiz to see if their behavior could be defined as bullying and learn a few ways to reconsider their position, if they're concerned they might be a bully. Bystanders' position and potential response to bullying are also addressed in the site's well-rounded take on the topic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cyberbullying -- how it can start, what it can look like, and how STOMP Out Bullying suggests kids can handle it. How could being harassed online possibly differ from being picked on in person?

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  • What factors might make kids want to keep bullying a secret -- and why can that make things difficult?

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  • Why can judging other people be hurtful? What should you say if you see someone do that?

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