Repository of Internet Resources
to Prevent or Reduce Violence
and Trauma in Schools

Compiled by
Juneau Mahan Gary, Psy.D.
Assisted by Elyse Scafldi
Kean University
Union, New Jersey

 

Web Sites for Specific Audiences

Media and Multimedia Sites

Today, technology in general, and media outlets and digital communication devices in particular, play an important role in the lives of youths.  These media outlets are used for relaxation, education, news, and communication.  Information presented through multimedia campaigns often grasps their attention and are often an effective (and comfortable) mechanism for them to become empowered.  This section includes web sites offering public service announcements (PSAs), videos, awareness campaigns, PowerPoint presentations, streaming videos, and posters.   

 

Just Think Twice, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a teen-friendly site offering multimedia and video information on illegal drugs and their adverse effects (http://www.justthinktwice.com).

 

New Jersey Gang Free, sponsored by the NJ Dept. of Law and Public Safety, offers multimedia resources such as its educational video, Gangs, Guns, and Drugs and public service announcements (PSAs) to provide factual information on youth gangs, gang symbols and activities, why youth join gangs, and consequences of gang involvement (http://www.njgangfree.org/home.htm).

 

National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC) offers bilingual resources for professionals, parents, and youth working to prevent violence committed by and against youth.  Its multimedia collection includes web casts, video clips, and teleconferences (http://www.safeyouth.org/scripts/media/index.asp).      

 

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Dept. of Justice, offers an assessment guide and implementation manual on CD-ROM to assess and address local youth gang problems (http://www.iir.com/nygc/acgp/default.htm).

 

National Youth Gang Center offers a CD-ROM collection of select gang-related material for effective gang prevention, intervention, and suppression strategies (http://www.iir.com/nygc/publications.htm).

 

Gangs or Us, a gang identification site, provides information on gang clothing, graffiti, initiations, and hand signs through a variety of videos, books, and manuals  (http://www.gangsorus.com/parents.html).

 

ACT (Adults and Children Together) Against Violence is a violence prevention project that focuses on adults who raise, care for, and teach children ages 0 to 8 years. It offers a wide variety of public and professional multimedia materials that can assist parents and educators in early violence prevention (http://www.actagainstviolence.org/materials/index.html).

 

StopViolence.Com disseminates literature on the effects of media violence on youth and provides resources on violence prevention (http://www.stopviolence.com).

 

Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA), University of Minnesota, School of Social Work provides streaming videos, PowerPoint presentations, and interactive case studies on youth violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and child abuse (http://www.mincava.umn.edu/library/multimedia/).

 

The Media Project offers story ideas and script consultation on gay/lesbian issues and teen sexuality to media outlets (www.themediaproject.com).

 

National Clearinghouse on Family Violence is Canadian-based and offers an extensive catalogue of videos on domestic violence (http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncfv-cnivf/familyviolence/video_e.html).

 

Advocates for Youth offers media material, including videos, calendars, posters, and cartoons to facilitate discussions between parents and youth about sex and sex education (http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/parents/poster.htm), (http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/scenarios.htm), and (http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/parents/rhk/index.htm).

 

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children presents a variety of teen-friendly videos on topics such as basic Internet safety, cyberbullying, online predators, revealing too much information, and safe social networking (http://www.nsteens.org/Videos).


MTV’s “A Thin Line” offers a variety of videos demonstrating the thin line between words and wounds.  Video topics include online safety; online bullying; how to cope; how to stop rumors; and how to get help for bullying (http://www.athinline.org/videos). 

Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) provides children and adolescents with multimedia presentations to teach them how to be safe online and throughout their daily life.  This includes rules for real-world safety; what to do when a message is received from a stranger; and how to be safe online (http://rivcosafe.org/safe-kids).

Stop Bullying:  presents “webisodes” about how Milton, K.B., and Josh deal with kids who bully in their community.  Quizzes test a youth’s knowledge base about bullying and its impact (http://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/webisodes/index.html).

STOP Cyber Bullying offers a slide show, A Parent’s Guide to Cyberbullying.  The guide describes what cyberbullying is; reviews four types of cyberbullying; and provides examples of cyberbullying (http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/flash/aparentsguidetocyberbullying.html).

Texas School Safety Center has produced a video on sexting that was shown on MTV.  In the video, Ally, a teen  from New Jersey, discusses her sexting experience with a former boyfriend.  He forwarded her sexts to classmates.  The situation spiraled out of control and the consequences of her sexting lasted for years (http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/483801/sexting-in-america-when-privates-go-public-part-1.jhtml).