Are YOU wearing blue?
Today is the sixth annual Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention
and children, teens, and adults around the globe are showing their support for kindness by wearing blue. Created by STOMP Out Bullying™ as part of National Bullying Prevention Month, today's Blue Shirt Day®
is a celebration of empathy, respect, and the need to put a stop to humiliation and intimidation in schools and online.
One of the most important things STOMP Out Bullying
™ emphasizes is the fact that while kids who are bullied are often singled out for being different, the truth is that everyone
is different—and educating kids about differences can help them understand and be kind to each other.
STOMP Out Bullying™ also champions a variety of resources for preventing bullying and helping kids who are being bullied cope. One helpful tool is the live HelpChat Line
, a free and confidential service for kids over the age of 13. It connects distressed kids with nonjudgmental volunteers who can help them reduce stress and make healthy decisions. Counselors are trained to assist kids who are feeling distraught as a result of being bullied and to respond to all requests for emotional support. Kids are free to talk about their safety, their emotions and thoughts, and what to do now and going forward.
STOMP Out Bullying™ also offers information and resources for educators
, a toolkit for students
, and information to help bystanders become upstanders
If you haven't yet, head on over to 31 for 31
to find out STOMP Out Bullying™ founder Ross Ellis's answers to these questions:
- What do you think of the word "bully"?
- What would you say to someone who's engaging in bullying behavior?
Ross is today's bullying prevention Difference Maker, and one of the 31 we're highlighting all month long.
And let us know—what do you think of the word "bully"? What would you say to someone who's engaging in bullying behavior? Share your thoughts in the comments below!