Beyond Bullies Launches Web Site to Connect Bullied Teens with Online Peer Mentors to Meet Digital Needs of Targets of Bullying and Cyber Bullying
Los Angeles, CA, February 28, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Beyond Bullies Launches Web site to Help Bullied Teens Connect with Peer Mentors.
Beyond Bullies has launched beyondbullies.org in an effort to help bullied teens, who are the targets of bullying and cyber bullying, with real time online peer mentors. Peer mentors offer teens support via instant messaging (IM), discussion boards and email.
Beyond Bullies is the first online program in the United States, dedicated to helping teenagers who are the targets of bullying and cyber bullying, primarily through online and offline help from peer mentors. Bullied teens now have access to peer mentor online they can chat with in real-time using personal computer or other electronic devices at beyondbullies.org.
The program allows teenagers who are targets of bullying and cyber bullying the ability to reach peer mentors online in private chat rooms, discussion boards and through e-mail. The program provides a safe space for teens to communicate what it’s like for them to go to school and be teased, physically intimidated, beaten up, socially excluded from their circle of friends or tormented online, through social networks, texts or the internet.
“Bullying is not a rite of passage and something that can be denied, which is often the case when teens try to talk to an adult,” said Melissa Sherman, executive director, Beyond Bullies. “Whether a young person is physically, verbally, socially bullied or cyber bullied, the pain can leave a mark on a young person’s heart that lasts forever.”
Teen mentors specifically train to understand what bullying is and how to prevent it. They help targets of bullying clarify their concerns, point them to pertinent resources and respond to messages with an open mind. For more information, call (310) 720-6511
The Beyond Bullies Web site allows targets of bullying and cyber bullying to register and communicate with a peer mentor in three ways: instant messaging (IM), discussion boards and email.
Beyond Bullies, assist teens to become involved in leadership positions in their schools by providing opportunities for them online and offline to become aware, confident and caring role models.