Preventing Bullying and Its Consequences
Spirit of Youth is working to improve behavioral health of Anchorage youth. Through community input and local data, we learned there is a direct link between poor mental health conditions and bullying. Our efforts focus on preventing bullying and its consequences, which includes poor mental health. Toward this end we provide training, efforts to improve policies, and build awareness around the issue.
The four $3,000 Bullying Prevention Campaign Grants are specifically intended to support youth led projects for middle and high school students that meet the following goals:
- Promote respect and inclusion;
- Increase the broad community awareness and concern of bullying and its serious consequences;
- Use of the Careline (More info about Careline at http://carelinealaska.com/);
- Reduced stigma among middle and high school youth about reporting bullying;
- Increase awareness among students, parents, teachers and ASD staff of what bullying is;
- Community members advocate for bullying prevention.
Deadline is December 21st! Apply here-> https://goo.gl/z13Z5M
Read about the most recent ACC activities here.
2018 ACC Program Overview
Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action
This article details CDC recommendations for action in preventing violence among youth.
Not in Our School Parent Guide
Not in Our School (NIOS) is a national campaign to create safe, inclusive environments. This article serves as a guide for parents looking to help take action against bullying behavior in schools.
Take Action Today
This article is from stopbullying.gov and provides some bullying prevention basics for those looking to get started.
GLSEN School Climate Report
This school climate report was published by GLSEN, an organization that works to improve education for LGBTQ+ students. The report documents the experiences of LGBTQ+ students in schools across the country.
13 Reasons Why Talking Points
Youth across the country are watching the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The series has raised a number of serious concerns about suicide. This list of talking points is aimed at helping foster a healthy discussion about the series.
The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide
This article from the CDC describes the relationship between bullying and suicide. It is important to note that while that relationship does exist, suicide is a complex issue and other factors should also be taken into consideration. Using messaging that links suicide to bullying can be harmful in laying blame, rather than seeking holistic solutions.
An Overview of State Anti Bullying Legislation
This articles gives a rundown of existing anti-bullying legislation at the state and federal level as of January 2012.
Associations Between Antibullying Policies and Bullying in 25 States
This article looks at the impact of anti-bullying legislation in 25 different states across the country.
This article examines long-term impacts of victimization, specifically as it pertains to depression in early adulthood.
Stability in Bullying and Victimization and its Association with Social Adjustment in Childhood and Adolescence
This study makes a differentiation between stable and transient bullying behavior and targets. Please keep in mind that this resource refers to “bullies” and “victims.” Research shows that this messaging can be harmful. The ACC uses the terms “bullying behavior,” and “targets of bullying behavior.”
Electronic Media, Violence, and Adolescents: An Emerging Public Health Problem
This article looks at risk associated with access to technology by adolescents. This article was published in 2007, so keep in mind that the technological landscape has changed quite a bit since then.