Stop Bullying Now!

Common Sense Media says

Videos, games, and quizzes encourage kids to take a stand.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site promotes kindness and empathy and encourages kids to stand up for one another when it's safe to do so. Kids are also encouraged to report bullying to parents, teachers, or other trusted adults.

Violence & scariness

There are examples of bullying in the webisodes, but none of them depict kids being hurt or other types of violence.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Bullies in the webisodes use insults like "weenie," "freak," and "dweeb." No profanity.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Very private. This is a read-only site -- there's no opportunity for kids to sign up, interact with other users, or provide personal information.

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.

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Kids say

Is it any good?

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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.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 10 years old March 13, 2011
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fine

ok
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
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Parent of a 7, 8, and 14 year old Written bygoldenchildren March 12, 2011
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Bullying has become a major issue in America Schools and the more education about it, can help it stop!!!
Kid, 12 years old March 25, 2011
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8
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i LOVE these my wellness teacher use to play theses and everyone loved them
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