New York, NY, March 9, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today submitted recommendations on how the U.S.government can more effectively address the issue of bullying and cyberbullying, ahead of a White House Bullying Prevention Conference on March 10.
"Bullying and harassment is a continuing problem for school districts, parents and students across the nation," said David Waren, ADL Director of Education, who will represent ADL at the conference. "The Federal government, in partnership with non-profit and community organizations, can play a critical role in ensuring that our schools and communities are safe places for all students."
ADL's recommendations offer a range of proactive strategies to confront these issues, including:
In a letter to President Barack Obama, ADL praised the administration for convening the conference and for demonstrating a strong commitment to address bullying and cyberbullying in a comprehensive and inclusive manner.
"Federal leadership on these issues helps nurture a climate and a culture in which most members of the community are willing to condemn bigotry, bullying and harassment," ADL's letter stated.
In particular, the League cited well-crafted bullying guidance issued by the Department of Education last Fall, newly-expanded federal anti-bullying Web sites, video messages by the President and Cabinet members designed to elevate the issue and empower targets, and the work of the Department of Education's Office of Safe andDrugFreeSchools.
"ADL stands ready to partner with you as you continue to build on these initiatives and develop, fund and promote proactive strategies to confront bullying, cyberbullying and harassment in schools and communities."
ADL is a leader in developing anti-bullying and anti-cyberbullying training and curriculum for teachers, parents and students. The League has developed a model state bullying prevention policy which requires schools and communities to approach the issue of bullying with proactive, responsive and responsible measures.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.