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August 29, 2012 Print

Focus on the Family, ADF Reveal New Resource

by Bethany Monk

Parents now have access to tools that can help them evaluate anti-bullying policies in their children’s respective schools through a new “policy yardstick” available on Focus on the Family’s website TrueTolerance.org.

Launched in 2009, the site provides resources to help parents protect their children in the classroom, and offers ideas on how parents can make their voices heard in a loving and fact-based way when schools challenge the values they are teaching their kids at home.

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which has worked with Focus over the years to provide many of these resources, including the Anti-Bullying Policy Yardstick, which discusses the good and bad aspects of the 10 most common elements of anti-bullying policies.

“We believe the best anti-bullying policies are those that equally protect every single child in that school by prohibiting bullying of any kind against any child for any reason,” said Candi Cushman, Focus’ education analyst and director of the TrueTolerance.org website.

Many gay-activist groups push policies that emphasize homosexual-themed language — which are often used as leverage to get controversial lessons in the classroom. But bullying is a serious issue that should be prevented in all its forms, Cushman said.

“It can and should be done without politicizing taxpayer-funded classrooms and introducing controversial sexual topics to kids against their parents’ will,” she said.

Learn more about the Anti-Bullying Policy Yardstick.

Learn more about the True Tolerance-recommended model anti-bullying policy.

Visit the True Tolerance website.