Resources: WABC-TV's Be Kind campaign

The New York City Department of Education's 'Respect for All' initiative is a system-wide response to harassment in schools. It includes links to a wide variety of resources for parents, teens and children looking to make our schools safe, supportive and free from abuse.

There is information on the school discipline code, on what to do if your child is the target of bullying, and much more. Below are some of the key links - but you will find many more here, on the district's Respect for All web site.

FROM THE SCHOOLS.NYC.GOV WEB SITE:
What You Can Do About Bullying...
...If Your Child is the Target
1. Report the incident to your school's Respect for All (RFA) liaison(s) and/or school administration.
2. Ask for the incident number from school administration for follow up. This is also known as Online Occurrence Reporting System (OORS) number.
3. The school will investigate and must tell the parent or guardian of the target what they find. If needed, the child may be referred for support services.
4. If the investigation finds that a student-or students-have been bullying or harassing your child, the school will follow the process described in the Discipline Code.
Submit an online form
Call 718-935-2288

 
MORE RESOURCES
STOPBULLYING.GOV
KOGNITO : Provides online training, "Respect for All, Building Respect: RFTA Conversation Skills"
PACER Center: Provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators and others and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue.
NYC Teen: Learn about dealing with peer pressure, bullying, and dating violence as well as depression and anger.
Anti-Defamation League
Responding to Cyberhate
Technology and Youth: Protecting Your Child from Electronic Aggression:
Cyberbullying Warning Signs

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Electronic Media and Youth Violence: A CDC Issue Brief for Educators and Caregivers(Open external link)
Technology and Youth: Protecting Your Child from Electronic Aggression(Open external link)

Special Needs:
Walk a Mile in their Shoes: Bullying and the Child with Special Needs: Ability Path - Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Refugee and Immigrant Youth and Bullying and Race and Religion
Refugee and Immigrant Youth and Bullying: Frequently Asked Questions(Open external link)
Challenging Biased Language:(Open external link) Strategies and resources for everyone to help challenge bigoted and offensive remarks to ensure dignity and respect for all people.
Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF)(Open external link): Educate Asian Pacific American parents in their preferred languages on their rights, responsibilities, and opportunities to attain services within the school system.
Muslim Community Network(Open external link) Develops the capacity of Muslim New Yorkers and their allies to fully participate in the social and political landscape of New York City.
Sikh Coalition(Open external link) A: community-based organization that works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people.

Teaching Tolerance:
Teaching Tolerance(Open external link): Offers webinars with guidance and great ideas, from their highly experienced teaching and learning specialists and from other educators in the Teaching Tolerance community.
Unity Productions Foundation(Open external link): UPF can work with Islamic centers, Mosques, and even educational institutions to host screenings and events dedicated to fighting Islamophobia.

Race or Religion:
Resources on challenging biased language, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families,
Muslim Community Network, and Teaching Tolerance.

Sexual Orientation or Gender:
Link to GirlsHealth.gov for reliable, useful information on health and well-being.
Connect with Hetrik-Martin Institute for more on creating safe and supporting environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth from 13 years of age to 24 years of age and and their families.
PFLAG NYC: Creating a better future for LGBT youth and adults.
A comprehensive approach to helping individuals, families and communities thrive, offering integrated programs. CAMBA(Open external link)
Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity from the American Psychological Association(Open external link)
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and Their Parents(Open external link) from HealthyChildren.org
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN): Student Action(Open external link)
It Gets Better Project (Open external link)

CommonSense Media
Bullying is Everybody's Business(Open external link)
Digital Harassment Tips - Too much texting, too much calling- could your child be the target of digital harassment?(Open external link)

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