Stop Bullying: A Call to Action

This article was written by a member of the SheKnows Community. It has not been edited, vetted or reviewed by our editorial staff, and any opinions expressed herein are the writer’s own.
By Dr. Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.
Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Bullying is an important topic of discussion in America.
The headlines and personal narratives shared throughout the media, to include the recent premiere of the documentary Bully, have made the public aware and familiar with this social issue. Everyone’s been affected in some way.
It’s not enough to just be aware of bullying, though.
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We must take action, too, which is why the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently unveiled a revitalized Stop Bullying website to encourage children, parents, educators, and communities, to take action to stop and prevent bullying.
The website provides a variety of resources for those who are in a position to do something about bullying: parents, teachers, youth leaders, community leaders, and anyone who has a connection to those who bully, those who are bullied, and those who witness bullying in their schools and communities.
The site provides a map with detailed information on state laws, policies, interactive webisodes and videos for young people, practical strategies for schools and communities to ensure safe environments, and suggestions on how parents can talk about this sensitive subject with their children.
The enhanced website also gives concrete steps that students, parents, educators, and community members can take to prevent and stop bullying.
We hope the new site will help you share ideas and start discussions about the role you can play in preventing bullying in your community. Show your support on your own website with our widgets and badges, and subscribe to email updates to find out about new content on the site. We encourage you to consider submitting your materials for inclusion in our resource database
Also, look for the yellow boxes at the bottom of most pages. This is our new user-feedback tool, which you can use to tell us whether you found the page useful or not. You can also share your ideas for how to improve it. We hope you enjoy the new site, and look forward to hearing your feedback on how we can continue to support your work on bullying prevention and intervention.
Most importantly, we here at HHS and BlogHer, want to hear from you about how you are using the resources on StopBullying.gov in your corner of the world to stop bullying. As Secretary Duncan recently said in a video affirming his commitment to stopping bullying, we all have a role to play. Maybe you are a teacher who has found success by holding regular classroom meetings to discuss bullying. Maybe you started a letter-writing campaign to get the laws changed in your area in regards to cyber bullying?
We encourage you to use your voices and write about what you are doing on your blogs. Then, share the link here on BlogHer in the comments section, on our StopBullying Facebook page, and tag our Twitter handle so that others can read about your actions, too.
Bringing awareness is a great thing: taking action is even better, and we look forward to hearing from you.
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MaryWakefieldMary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., was named administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on February 20, 2009. HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Wakefield joined HRSA from the University of North Dakota (UND), where she was associate dean for rural health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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