Prevent Bullying – the Smart(phone) Way
SAMHSA have recently released the KnowBullying app, a new SAMHSA smartphone tool to aid parents and other caregivers in preventing bullying and, in particular, cyberbullying.
Released at the August 14 fourth Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit, the new mobile app presents information about bullying and suggests discussion points that can prompt an open dialog between an adult and child. Initiating discussions about school interactions has proven effective in reducing and preventing bullying. Children who experience bullying often feel helpless and out of control, so sharing concerns and fears with a safe and caring adult can bring about meaningful solutions. The app has discussion components for adults working with children who are bullied, who witness bullying, or who bully others.
The KnowBullying app also has useful tips for how to deal with cyberbullies, how to recognize warning signs that a child may be facing a bullying problem, how to work with schools on this issue, and how to find and reach out to local mental health services or other supports.
- 15+ Make Time To Listen, Take Time To Talk...About Bullying: Conversation Starter Cards
- Administrator's Column: "Taking a Stand against Bullying"
- Materials and Speaker’s Presentations: Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit
- Media Guidelines for Bullying Prevention
- School Crime and Safety Indicators
- School Crime and Safety Surveys
- Stop Bullying Infographic
- Take Action Against Bullying
- Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
Related SAMHSA Blogs
- Addressing Cyberbullying
- Early Bullying Prevention
- October Is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
- Stop Bullying: Be More Than a Bystander
- What Do Bullying and Youth Substance Use Have in Common? More Than You Might Think