What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Stop Bullying Now! was created by the Department of Health and Human Services to help kids learn about bullying: what it is, how it affects people, and what kids can do about it. There's no user-created content, online interaction, or registration, so the site is safe for kids to navigate on their own. Webisode videos illustrate examples of bullying using animated animal characters. The scenarios are realistic but not too intense for younger kids -- there's no profanity, hate speech, or physical violence involved.
Is it any good?
STOP BULLYING NOW! provides practical, thoughtful advice on dealing with a widespread problem. Using webisodes to illustrate examples of bullying can help kids get a better sense of what kind of behavior can be hurtful. Although the games are not particularly sophisticated, they do a good job reinforcing the ideas presented in the webisodes. The site can be a little glitchy, though -- kids may need to use the side navigation to get to each game, rather than through the main page. Parents will find a wealth of resources on the companion site for adults, from Q-and-As with experts to information on state laws about bullying.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about bullying. What would you do if you were being bullied? Can you think of any times when you bullied someone else? What advice would give to someone who has been bullied?
Webisode #5 on this site shows an example of cyberbullying. Families can talk about cyberbullying and what steps kids can take to protect themselves against it.