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

Youth/Teen Sites

Some web sites communicate to youth directly, offering them a sense of empowerment.  In general, their approach is designed to hold the attention of youth, elementary school age through young adulthood.

 

Teen Angels is a group of 13-18 year old volunteers who spread the word about safe surfing on the Internet (www.teenangels.org).

 

University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (UMDNJ), University Behavioral Health Center, Office of Prevention Services and Research offers training sessions and training kits designed for youth and teens on topics such as bullying prevention, good decision-making, promoting resilience, and mediation training  (http://ubhc.umdnj.edu/OPSR/programs/index.htm).

 

National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC)’s teen site offers information on bullying, dating, war, terrorism, conflict resolution, hate crimes, youth gangs, and helping others in distress, among other topics, as well as offers empowering prevention strategies to reduce violence among teens (http://www.safeyouth.org/scripts/teens.asp).

 

Advocates for Youth offers a teen site on peer education, empowerment, information, and support as teens confront a wide variety of reproductive and sexual health issues and grapple with making responsible decisions (http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/youth/index.htm).

 

FEMA for Kids teaches children how to be prepared for various types of natural and other disasters.  It is child-friendly, using cartoon characters, but no specific age range is cited.  Children need reading and computer skills (http://www.fema.gov/kids/).

 

Narconon International focuses on drug prevention and rehabilitation.  It distributes drug prevention and drug education information that attempts to change students’ minds from possibly trying or using drugs.  A peer leader training program is geared to appropriate age groups (www.narconon.org).

 

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) works to make schools safe and affirming places by offering teens information on leadership skills and how to organize a local GLSEN chapter.  A student library is available (http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/student/student/index.html).

 

Center for the Prevention of School Violence offers a creative and comprehensive “floor plan” for whole school involvement in preventing school violence, including a site for students to empower them to participate as partners in school programs to reduce violence (http://www.ncdjjdp.org/cpsv/lobby.html). 

 

Internet Super Heroes uses 5 age-specific superheroes (e.g., X-Men, Spider Man, etc.) to educate young children about Internet safety and cyberbullying (http://www.internetsuperheroes.org/). 

 

Kids Growth provides a site for teens about health and mental health issues, body image issues, physical development, and sexuality (www.kidsgrowth.com).

 

Ambiente Joven is a Spanish language web site for sexually active Latino youth.  It offers culturally relevant resources and support (www.ambientejoven.org).

 

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).

 

National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC) offers bilingual resources for youth, professionals, and parents working to prevent violence committed by and against youth.  It functions as a comprehensive access for information and materials about programs, publications, fact sheets, and research to prevent violence and suicide among youth.  Its site for teens offers fact sheets about bullying, conflict resolution, hate crimes, and dating violence, among others, as well as provides an empowering review about what teens can do to help prevent youth violence and how to help victims (http://www.safeyouth.org/scripts/teens.asp).

 

Cyber Tip Line offers a bilingual teen site, Don’t Believe the Type.  It helps teens surf safer on the Internet and avoid inappropriate chatrooms (http://tcs.cybertipline.com/).  These resources are available in Spanish (http://tcs.cybertipline.com/spanish/).

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance” project provides teen and youth sites.  The teen site offers information on wrestling with stereotypes and how to meet new people.  Teens may organize a Mix It Up at Lunch Day on November 15, a national event to challenge and bring down the walls that divide schools and facilitate student interaction.  The youth site, Planet Tolerance, provides interactive stories, searching for hidden images on diversity and intolerance, and how to join a mural dedicated to unity and justice (http://www.tolerance.org/pt/index.html) and (http://www.tolerance.org/teens/lunch.jsp).

 

Global Youth Connect builds and supports a community of youth who are actively promoting and protecting human rights.  Educated, compassionate, and empowered youth are the key to achieving tolerance, peace, and justice through a commitment to the principles of human rights, community building, reconciliation, and peaceful resolution of conflicts (http://www.globalyouthconnect.org/).

 

American Academy of Pediatrics stresses the importance of having successful life experiences in solving problems independently for children.  Its grade school (ages 5-12 years) site  reviews topics such as friend or foe?; and gender identity and gender confusion (http://www.healthychildren.org/english/ages-stages/gradeschool/Pages/default.aspx).  Its teen/high school (ages 12-18) site (http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/Pages/default.aspx) offers information on topics such as understanding death (http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/pages/A-Teenagers-Understanding-of-Death.aspx).


MTV’s A Thin Line presents facts to teens about sexting, constant messaging, spying, cruelty, and digital disrespect (http://www.athinline.org/facts).   Videos and quizzes hold the teen’s attention.  Information on the digital rights project (http://www.athinline.org/digital-rights-project) is available.


National Bullying Prevention Center addresses bullying issues for children and teens.  Its child site, PACER Center’s Kids Against Bullying (http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/#/home), uses games, a poster art gallery, youth-oriented videos, celebrity videos, polls, real life stories, and “smart stuff” to present information about bullying,  how to spot it, and how to stop it.  Its teen site, PACER Center’s Teens Against Bullying (http://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/#/home), explains that bullying can happen to anyone.  It offers “Quick Facts” about bullying (who, what, how and why); what to do (if you are the target, bystander, or bully); quizzes; and creative activities to do at school and/or with peers.  Teen stars speak out about their own previous bullying experiences (http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/).


STOP Cyber Bullying provides age-appropriate (7 to 17 years) information to determine if children and teens are engaging in cyberbullying (http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/kids/index.html).

 
Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (S.A.F.E .) offers multimedia presentations to teach children and teens how to be safe online and throughout their daily life; describes rules for real-world safety; and discusses what to do when they receive messages from a stranger.  Calls and inquiries are welcome at the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force (866-SAFE-595/866-723-3595) (http://rivcosafe.org/safe-kids).


STOP Bullying provides youth-friendly facts about bullying; what it is; how children who are bullied feel; why children might bully others; and how to respond to bullying (http://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/facts/index.html). 


Second (2ND) Floor provides  a teen-friendly outlet for youths and young adults (10 to 24 years) in New Jersey to write about issues in its “Teens Talk” and “Message Board” sections (http://www.2ndfloor.org/?action=talk and http://www.2ndfloor.org/?action=message_board); sponsors a 24 hour teen helpline (888-222-2228); and supplies links to other resources on topics such as addictions, Internet safety, bullying, and sexuality (http://www.2ndfloor.org/).


Boys Town National Hotline provides youth-friendly information about suicide prevention and tips about how to handle everything from stress to dealing with parents.  Bulletin boards, live chats, and a helpline (800-448-3000)are available resources (http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/Pages/default.aspx). 


National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism offers the “Cool Spot” for young teenagers to learn about alcohol and its effects and learn to resist peer pressure to use alcohol (http://www.thecoolspot.gov/index.asp). 


National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign sponsors “Above the Influence,” information about drugs and their effects (including the new drug, bath salts) and why youth take drugs.  A quiz is available to examine the effects of peer pressure (http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/influence/pressuredquiz) and what to do if parents/guardians are using drugs (http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/).