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Bullying resources for kids, parents and educators

The film, which opens nationwide on Friday, originally earned an R rating. When producers lost their appeal to rate the film PG-13, they decided to release it without any rating. NBC's Kate Snow reports.

The documentary ‘Bully,’ premiering Friday, is generating a national conversation about bullying – a problem that transcends nearly every culture and community. “Nightly News” has compiled several online resources for kids, parents and educators seeking more information on how to stop – and prevent -- bullying.

The Bully Project, the film’s website, features a viewing guide with discussion topics for watching the film with kids. It also offers ways to connect with the anti-bullying movement.

StopBullying.gov, a website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers advice on how to get help, and ways to prevent bullying.

The National Association of School Psychologists has posted resources for families and educators, including links to bullying research.

Education.com offers a bullying quiz, suggestions on how to eliminate bullying, and other resources.

Hotlines

The United Federation of Teachers has launched the BRAVE campaign – Building Respect, Acceptance and Voice through Education. They’ve established a hotline (212-709-3222, M-F 2:30-9:30 p.m.) for students who need a safe place they can call.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Their free and confidential 24/7 hotline, The Trevor Lifeline, is available at 866-488-7386. They also offer TrevorChat, a free, confidential, secure online messaging service that provides live help through their website -- it's available on Fridays between the hours of 4 p.m. ET and 10:00 p.m. ET.  

Additional resources ... 

Rosalind Wiseman, a parenting and bullying expert, has recently been working in conjunction with the Cartoon Network on the project Stop Bullying: Speak Up.

For strategies on how to prevent bullying in schools, visit the website Stop Bullying Now.

The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network’s 2012 National Day of Silence is approaching quickly. On April 20 students will take a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.

Some of the kids in the searing movie "Bully" discuss how they suffered from the harsh reality of bullying and what impact it had on them.