BFF: Bully Free Forum

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BFF: Bully-Free Forum is a toolkit-based project to raise awareness and prevention of bullying based on body image, especially among APA girls and teens. OCA-GLA will create a youth-oriented guide to starting positive body image and anti-bullying movements on school campuses, e.g. ask a teacher to be an advisor, ask a local organization to assist with training, examining media portrayals and beauty ideals vs. reality, etc. The guide will also include resource sheets that will cover how to talk about body image, self-esteem, and teasing/bullying; how to be more than a bystander, and how to engage parents, school staff, and community members in the movement. This information will be collected from scholarly and trusted sources and then tailored to the target audience.

Moreover, OCA-GLA will compile a list of local organizations that focus on positive body image and bullying prevention, and partner with these organizations to host at least one workshop to train interested participants to organize themselves and a “bully-free forum” on their campus. These forums are consequently customizable and more relevant to individual schools and grade levels.

This toolkit will be published online and accessible to the general public.