Albuquerque Public Schools Unveils Website on Bullying, Violence Prevention
The Safe Schools/Healthy Students website addresses questions like “What is bullying?”; “How does it impact children?” and “What can parents do to intervene in a bullying situation?”
Albuquerque Public Schools officials today unveiled a new website that is designed to provide information and resources for parents, students and the community on dealing with bullying and youth violence prevention in general.
“Through this website we are hoping to inform and provide information on bullying and suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention and free or affordable programs and activities for youth,” said May Sagbakken, program manager for the APS Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative.
She noted that the website, which can be accessed at www.abqsafeschools.org, will be updated regularly with information on local, state and national resources that are available to effectively address the problems of bullying, suicide, violence and substance abuse.
Lynn Pedraza, director of the APS Health and Wellness Department, said that the website was adopted as part of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative that was started about two years ago.
“The whole goal of the federal grant and the initiative is to reduce youth violence and substance abuse, as well as increase collaboration among community partners to provide better coordinated mental health services and create a safer community for school-age youth,” Pedraza said.
She noted that the initiative has paid for brochures on bully prevention that were distributed to schools this fall and the implementation of curriculum in schools that addresses violence prevention.
Brooke Tafoya, who worked on development of the website, said that among the areas addressed by the site are questions like: “What is bullying?”; “How does it impact children?” and “What can parents do to intervene in a bullying situation?”
Tafoya, who helps coordinate the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant, said that all schools in the district will be encouraged to make both parents and students aware of the website.