Websites That Empower Kids to Stand Up To Bullies
One of the most powerful weapons in combatting bullying is a strong peer group who won’t tolerate on or offline bullying. How do you create kids who feel confident to stand up to those who are mean both on and offline? Find resources that support individuality, allow them to share their stories, and most of all, support them in their quest to be empowered.
It’s often tricky for parents because so many times we don’t know where to go to get information or which websites we should direct our kids to. Here are three great sites with positive messaging that can help promote the anti-bullying initiative.
WhatDoYouChoose.org— Challenging kids to create change, the “I Choose” campaign helps kids recognize that bullying is a choice and challenges them to consider their words or actions before they have the power to hurt someone else. I Choose is not only for kids but has a free Classroom Challenge Kit for parents, educators, and internet safety advocates that contains information and tools they need to incorporate the I Choose philosophy into their classrooms and schools.
Born This Way Foundation— Stemming from personal experience, Lady Gaga founded her Born This Way Foundation to teach kids that it’s ok to be themselves by encouraging them to feel confident about their individuality and to be brave. She shares messages of empowerment through her songs but also encourages her fans to share their stories of bravery through her website and through a new social campaign on the Office Depot Facebook page. This year Office Depot is supplying bravery through a new partnership with the Born This Way Foundation. Limited edition school supplies such as empowerment gift cards and Bravery Bracelets with messages like “Be Brave,” “Be Amazing,” ”Be Yourself,” “Be Kind,” “Be Accepting,” and “Be Involved” along with “Kindness Sticks” Post-It® Notes help remind kids to be confident and stand up for themselves.
MTV’s A Thin Line- No one knows how to reach teens and tweens better than MTC and their A Thin Line public service campaign helps kids “identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse in your life and amongst your peers.” MTV designed the campaign to make teens and tweens aware of the fact that “there’s a “thin line” between what may begin as a harmless joke and something that could end up having a serious impact on you or someone else.”
Parents and educators who are looking to educate themselves can find great information on Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids & Families site, Common Sense Media’s K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum, and Yahoo Safely.
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