Are your kids upstanders?

Through BullyBust: Promoting a Community of Upstanders, they can be.

You might be thinking, “What is an upstander?” The answer is in the word itself—it’s someone who stands up to bullying. Someone who doesn’t tolerate meanness or harassment. Someone who helps support those who are being bullied. Someone who promotes kindness and respect.

Sounds pretty good, right?

To help your child or student become an upstander, have them start by signing the Stand Up Pledge. You can sign the online pledge too, and together you can honor seven easy-to-commit-to principles that signify your commitment to “make our schools (and our world!) a better place.”

To help you take the pledge even further and help everyone feel more valued and supported, the site also features 10 Ways to Be an Upstander. It includes tips on:
  • Helping those who are being bullied
  • Getting friends involved
  • Being a role model (instead of a bystander)
  • Respecting others’ differences

Brought to you by the National School Climate Center, BullyBust features a variety of additional resources for students, parents, and educators.

Students can share their stories on the Commitment Wall, learn about why others bully, and find out more about what they can do to prevent or stop bullying when they see it.

If you’re a parent, you can get tips to help your child who is or who you suspect is experiencing bullying. You can also learn more about how to encourage your child to become an upstander. There’s also information to help you work with educators, understand state laws around bullying, and get answers to frequently asked questions.

If you’re an educator, you can maximize your role in creating a safe, supportive, and positive environment for all students by working with your students. There are great “primer” questions you can use to get your students thinking about what they want your classroom and school to be. This Comprehensive Bully Prevention and Pro-Upstander Efforts [PDF] guide can help you get started.

You can also team up with your students to start an Upstander Alliance in your school. Once you have your alliance in place, check back on the site for ideas for a team project to reinforce positive upstander behavior, connect with others schools in Upstander Central, and share tips, best practices, and resources.

Kids, parents, and educators alike can sign up for School Climate Matters, the National School Climate Center newsletter, and like BullyBust on Facebook and follow BullyBust on Twitter.

And if you haven’t yet, be sure to head on over to 31 for 31 to check out our School Bullying Prevention Difference Makers!