Where bullying is concerned, we hear a lot from adults talking about how laws in the United States need to be reformed to tackle bullying properly, from campaign groups who say not enough is being done to support victims of bullying in schools, and from certain conservative groups saying that bullying reforms are being used as tools by so-called special interest groups like the gay community. The group of people we don’t get to hear from often, however, is kids themselves. A recently released PSA from the Human Rights Campaign aims to remedy that.
In the video you’ll hear kids talking about their experiences with bullying, and how they’re all convinced that bullying “is not cool.”
In related news, Rep. Jared Polis has indicated that the LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying bill the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SENDA) is on track to receive a key U.S. senate committee vote this month.
The legislation, introduced in the senate by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and in the House by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), would add to existing federal statutes explicit protections against bullying on the grounds of perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
If schools receiving federal funding do not adequately combat incidents of anti-LGBT bullying, or if school administrators are found to have discriminated against LGBT students based on their sexuality or gender identity, then, under the bill, their federal funding may be cut.
Resources on Bullying Related Issues
Earlier in the year, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s opened up the White House for a conference on bullying and bullying prevention, a topic that they told invited students, teachers and parents they were passionate about.
This event also highlighted a new resource called stopbullying.gov.
The website provides information on how to deal with bullying for teens, young adults, parents, educators and also provides a page on community actions too. There are also dedicated pages dealing with cyberbullying and anti-LGBT bullying.
Read more about the White House anti-bullying conference here.