Unfortunately, bullying has become prominent in the lives of many children today. The 11Alive Help Desk wants parents and guardians to be aware of the many resources that are available to protect children from the bullies in their lives.
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The Georgia Department of Education has a hotline for crisis prevention that allows students, parents, teachers, and administration to anonymously provide information relating to an unsafe bullying situation. The hotline can be accessed after 5 p.m., seven days a week, by dialing 1-877-729-7867. Prior to that, calls can go directly to the Georgia Board of Education at (404) 463-7891.
Keenan's Kids Foundation is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and focuses on community awareness and child advocacy. Parents can contact the foundation at (404) 223-5437 for tips and resources on how to discuss and prevent bullying with their children.
The Anti-Defamation League provides a "No Place for Hate" campaign, providing Atlanta-area schools with the tools to empower the school's community - from the teachers and administration, to the students and parents. This campaign allows those involved with the welfare of children's school life to "tackle prejudice, bullying and intergroup conflict."
Stopbullying.gov provides information for parents to effectively discuss bullying and lend support to children who are victims of bullying.
Stopbullying notes that to support children who are bullied, it is important to: listen and focus on the child; assure the child that bullying is not their fault; know that kids who are bullied may struggle with talking about it; give advice about what to do, involve them with role-playing; and work together to resolve the situation and protect the bullied child.