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Stop Bullying website unveiled

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -

The federal government is unveiling a redesigned website that gives parents and students tools to use in the fight against bullying.

The relaunch this week of StopBullying.gov is a partnership between the Health and Human Services Department and the Education Department.

It includes tips to help people understand what bullying is, an explanation of cyberbullying, a section dedicated to bullying of special needs groups, and videos to help kids and teens know what to do in a bullying situation.  There is also a Get Help page, which is directly linked to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Education secretary Arne Duncan says the site is dedicated to the message that bullying is not a normal rite of passage.

"Our partnership shows everyone has a responsibility to stop bullying, no one gets a pass." said Duncan.

"Bullying is not just an education or health problem, it is a community problem," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "We are committed to working together at the federal level to help communities, schools and families address it as a single problem."

Officials say students who are bullied are more likely to struggle in school, skip classes, and abuse drugs and alcohol. Bullying is a form of physical and mental abuse, and is tied to an increased risk of suicide.

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