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Bullying: You're Not Alone

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What is Bullying?

When it comes to bullying, we know words can do more damage than sticks and stones. Since bullying often happens online, hateful words and rumors can follow a young person home—and feel inescapable. While some people may view bullying as “just a part of growing up,” this behavior can have detrimental consequences. Bullying has the potential to escalate into more serious incidents of violence if left unchecked. The targets of bullying may be more likely than other children to have lower self-esteem and higher rates of loneliness, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Additionally, school attendance, academic achievement and emotional and physical health may suffer as a result of bullying. Research shows some of these emotional effects to be lasting and even carried over to adulthood. Continue reading from The Anti-Defamation League

Local Resources

Westport Public Schools Bullying Policy and Forms

The Westport Board of Education is committed to creating and maintaining an educational environment that is physically, emotionally and intellectually safe and thus free from bullying, teen dating violence, harassment and discrimination.

Westport Police Department Online Reporting

Using this Online Citizen Police Reporting System allows you to submit a report immediately and print a copy of the police report at no charge.

Triangle Community Center

Triangle Community Center is Fairfield County's leading provider of programming and resources to nurture growth and connection within the LGBTQ community.

National Organizations

Anti-Defamation League

Founded in 1913, the Anti-Defamation League is now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency.

Athlete Ally

Athlete Ally is a 501c-3 nonprofit organization that provides public awareness campaigns, educational programming and tools and resources to foster inclusive sports communities.

Born This Way Foundation

The singer Lady Gaga's foundation that is focused on supporting the wellness of young people, and empowering them to create a kinder and gentler world.

Center for Parent Information and Resources

A central hub of information for the network of Parent Centers serving families of children with children with disabilities.

It Gets Better Project

The mission of the It Gets Better Project is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.

The Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation's mission is to protect emotional health and protect against suicide among college and university students.

The Kind Campaign

The Kind Campaign is an international organization that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl bullying.                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Stomp Out Bullying

A leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S.

Provides information from government agencies about the nature of bullying, types of bullying, who is at risk and how to prevent and respond to bullying.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13 - 24.

Resources for Caregivers

Link to You Can Change the World by Margaret Rooke in the Catalog
Link to Bullyproof Your Child by Keith Vitali in the Catalog
Link to the 6Rs of Bullying Prevention by Michele Borba in the Catalog
Link to The Healing Otherness Handbook by Stacee Reicherzer in the Catalog
Link to Just Keep Breathing by Reggie Dabbs in the Catalog
Link to Raising LGBTQ Allies by Chris Tompkins in the Catalog

Link to the Health & Wellness Resource Guide Series Homepage