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Useful Links for Parents and Students

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Bureau of Children, Youth and Families

The Bureau of Children, Youth, and Families has released two new videos on NYC Teen that feature two young adults, Joseph and Amanda, who share their journey about coming to terms with their own sexual identity and finding self-acceptance. Their stories speak to all youth and let others know that even through tough times, there is hope and help.  All the videos (on topics such as bullying, anger, stress, dating violence, etc.) on NYC Teen have educational materials that teens and adults that work with them can access, including fact sheets, quizzes, polls, and resource guides. There is a direct and secure e-mail address for LIFENET that teens can use in addition to calling 1-800-LifeNet for support.   To view the videos go to and click on the images on the home page.


Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media has posted Parents' Top 10 Cyberbullying Questions in support of National Bullying Prevention Month.  In addition, click here to learn about the 15 Social Media Tools Parents Need to Know About



To Prevent Bullying the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has launched KnowBullying - a free smartphone app that provides parents, caretakers, educators, and others information and support to address youth bullying. The KnowBullying mobile app, developed in collaboration with the federal partnership is available for iPhone and Android users.

Key features include:

  *   How to start a conversation with a child about bullying
  *   How to prevent bullying for ages 3-6, 7-13, and older teens
  *   How to recognize whether bullying is affecting a child
  *   How and when to talk with children about bullying issues
  *   Getting advice and support through social media-Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and text messages
  *   Educator-focused strategies for preventing bullying in the classroom and supporting children who are being bullied

Download the KnowBullying app and the promotional postcard and flier .

Learn about more resources at



American Federation of Teachers

Booklist for educators and parents

Anti-Defamation League:  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Crime Prevention Council


PACER Center’s Bullying Prevention Project  (including a focus on children with special needs)

PACER has partnered with Facebook to create a practical Student Event Toolkit that will make it easier to hold events in your school or community. This step-by-step guide will help you plan, promote, and execute a variety of events throughout the year using Facebook tools.

PBS Parent

Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. If you know or suspect that your child is involved in bullying, here are resources that may help. 

Resources for the Community from include:


Bullying can be prevented, especially when the power of a community is brought together. Community-wide strategies can help identify and support children who are bullied, redirect the behavior of children who bully, and change the attitudes of adults and youth who tolerate bullying behaviors in peer groups, schools, and communities. 


The Bullying Prevention Training Module Presentation is a research-based resource that can help you lead bullying prevention efforts in your local community.  

The Community Action Toolkit includes materials to create a community event using the research, ideas and bullying prevention and response strategies that are in the Training Module. Also available is a Understanding the Roles of Parents and Caregivers in Community-Wide Bullying Prevention Efforts.


Anti-Defamation League

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Electronic Media and Youth Violence: A CDC Issue Brief for Educators and Caregivers focuses on the phenomena of electronic aggression. Electronic aggression is defined as any kind of harassment or bullying that occurs through email, chat rooms, instant massaging, websites, blogs, or text massaging.  The brief summarizes what is known about young people and electronic aggression, provides strategies for addressing the issue with young people, and discusses the implications for school staff, education policy makers, and parents and caregivers.

CommonSense Media

National Crime Prevention Council:

PACER Center

 Prevent Cyberbullying Parents and kids can prevent cyberbullying. Together, they can explore safe ways to use technology.

Respect for Diversity

Ability Path: Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs

 American Immigration Law Foundation

 Appreciating America’s Heritage: Immigration Resource Guide for K-12 Educators
Anti-Defamation League

  • Discussing Hate and Violence With Children English or Spanish (PDFs)
  • Challenging Biased Language: Strategies and resources for everyone to help challenge bigoted and offensive remarks to ensure dignity and respect for all people.

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services

(BRYCS) provides national technical assistance to organizations serving refugee and immigrants. BRYCS multiple resources that can assist educators in providing support to immigrant and refugee children.


 (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays of NYC) offers materials for parents of gay children and anyone who wants to understand LGBT issues better. - Schools and communities that respect diversity can help protect children against bullying behavior. However, when children perceived as different are not in supportive environments, they may be at a higher risk of being bullied

Teaching  Tolerance

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice
Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry 

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project  offers LGBTQ students various kinds of  support. The Trevor Suicide Prevention Lifeline 866-488-7386 is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect with a trained volunteer counselor who is ready to listen. On Ask Trevor you can ask non-urgent questions about sexual orientation and gender identity and receive answers from trained volunteers.

Students Resources


Anti-Defamation League

  • No Place for Hate provides schools and communities with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate

 - (Office of Women's Health) - If you've ever been the target of harsh and unkind words, you know how hurtful it can be.  This section of gives you the low-down on bullying among girls, which is more common than you might think.

 What You Can Do for Teens -Kids


 Get The Facts About GSAs

Facing History and Ourselves:, Be the Change: Upstanders for Human Rights - interactive website for students. 


National Crime Prevention Council

Advice for K-5 kids on

PACER Center  

PBS  It's My Life-

 What is Bullying? - No matter what situation or form it comes in, bullying can make you feel depressed, hurt, and alone.  So It's My Life put together this guide to give you all the basics of dealing with bullying. (age 9-12)

Cyberbullying (Students)

CommonSense Media

Cyberbullying - - Cyberbullying is repeatedly hurting someone else through the use of technology.  So, instead of whispering a rumor to a friend, a bully might email or instant message that rumor or post it for everyone to see!

Cyberbullying Research Center

: Cyberbullying Fact Sheet: What you need to know about online aggression

National Crime Prevention Council:

Teens’ Health
Dealing with Cyberbullying
Internet Safety Safe Surfing Tips for Teens 

Teaching Tolerance
Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry

Other Kinds of Resources

New York City Resource Guide for Teenage Victims of  Family Domestic Violence and Dating Violence, compiled by the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, is an excellent resource for students that includes hotline numbers and an index of organizations by borough.