Monday, November 1, 2010

Stomp Out Bullying

Bullying happens everywhere - online, in school, outside of school. For more information on what bullying is exactly, and other effects, reasons, and ways of bullying, click here.

What is Stomp Out Bullying? (Directly from the website)
STOMP Out Bullying™ - a national anti-bullying and cyberbullying program for kids and teens is a signature program of Love Our Children USA™ who since 1999, has been the national nonprofit leader and 'Go-To' prevention organization fighting all forms of violence and neglect against children in the U.S.

STOMP Out Bullying™ focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism and truancy, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. It includes peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, in-school education, online and social media campaigns..
Both the STOMP Out Bullying Program™ and its Annual WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION - BLUE SHIRT DAY™ initiative bring awareness and educates kids and teens, parents and schools about the issue. It offers hope for every student who experiences the harmful effects of bullying and teaches parents to keep open communication with their kids and teens and to look for signs. It also educates school administrators across the country, who have swept this issue under the rug for far too long. Funds raised for the campaign go towards in-school education, public awareness and education, a dedicated web site, brochures and materials to assist bullying and cyberbullying prevention education and peer mentoring in schools.
Today's students are at risk, and that risk grows more and more everyday as the popularity of the Internet increases. Today our youths are exposed to so much more than we were years ago. And years ago, when a kid or teen threatened to kill someone they didn't mean it. Today students have access to guns and the threat to kill someone is no longer idle.
The issues of bullying and cyberbullying have increased to epidemic proportions. As a form of violence against children of all ages, these issues have caused a crisis. Some victims are so tormented that suicide has become an alternative for them. It has everyone worried. Not just the kids and teens on its receiving end, but the parents, teachers and others who may not understand how extreme bullying can get. Love Our Children USA works aggressively to prevent these issues and to help those affected by it.
Adults must empower the victims and help change the behavior of the bullies. Schools must react swiftly and redirect negative behaviors into positive and productive solutions.
Bystanders who witness the assaults, harassment and threats must not remain silent.
Parents must teach their kids and teens kindness, compassion and respect and schools must do the same.
Our kids and teens need to know they are valued and protected.
Love Our Children created STOMP Out Bullying™ to put an end to this crisis, to keep children of all ages safe and to create bullying prevention education and peer mentoring in schools.
Please join us in our efforts to educate and advocate and most of all to STOMP Out Bullying™!

What YOU Can Do To Help (also directly from the website):
For Kids and Teens

Report Bullying
Don't be afraid to tell an adult. Telling isn't tattling! You are helping someone.
Who should you tell?
You could tell your parents, teacher, school counselor, school nurse, coach or any adult you trust. Be sure to tell exactly what happened ... who was bullied, who the bully was, where and when it happened. Even if you suspect a kid is being bullied, it's a good idea to report that, too. Most adults really do care about bullying and will be glad that you told them about it.
If you tell an adult and you don't think they are doing anything about the bullying or if the situation isn't improving, tell another adult. Keep telling adults until someone does something to help.
Be A Friend To Someone Who Is Being Bullied
Just being supportive to a person who’s been bullied is comforting. It shows that someone or many people care.
When someone is down they need a friend. Be there for the person who is being bullied. Be a buddy on school grounds, get together after school, include them in activities, Walk home with them, sit with them on the bus. Being an understanding and supportive friend means so much. Show a kid who is being bullied that you care about them.
Stand Up To The Bully
If you feel safe and comfortable, tell the bully that what they are doing is mean and wrong. It's not cool and they should stop. Keep it simple. Do not bully them back. If you are not comfortable standing up to the bully, tell an adult.
For Adults
Stop and listen to the child who has been bullied and take all complaints of any type of bullying seriously. Being responsive is key to help you take the appropriate steps you’ll need to help.
It doesn’t matter how you have been touched or impacted by bullying … the important thing is that you can do something to change your school, playground or neighborhood environment.
If you represent a media outlet wishing to run our public service announcements in your region, please contact us. If you are a teacher, guidance counselor or school administrator please contact us for four free posters. We ask that you pay for S/H.
You may also visit our Adults Page and check out our Tip Sheets which offer information and best practices to support kids who have been bullied, as well as reducing and preventing bad and aggressive behaviors.
Bullying is a serious issue that needs to be stopped. Get involved and STOMP OUT BULLYING today!