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StopBullying.gov and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have released a free smartphone app that helps parents, caretakers, educators and others talk to young people about bullying--and prevent it from happening.
Research has shown that talking with children and youth for short periods a day about bullying can help reduce incidents of bullying and build young people's self-esteem. Daily discussions can also strengthen the relationships between young people and their caregivers and educators and promote a feeling of connectedness.
KnowBullying aims to empower caring adults, such as youth and family service professionals, to start the conversation. When you download the app, you'll find the following:
Conversation starters: Developmentally appropriate ways you can talk to children and teens about bullying experiences, ways to avoid bullying, and how bullying affects young people in the short and long term.
Tips: Strategies you can share with young people so they can intervene or prevent bullying in different settings.
Warning signs: Indications young people you work with may be experiencing bullying, and the best ways for you to respond.
Reminders: You can set reminders for times when you might work the topic of bullying into a conversation with a young person.
Social media: Join the community conversation by using the hashtag #knowbullying.