Silence is the soil that allows bullying to grow. Too often, bystanders do what the word “bystander” would suggest: they watch, sometimes in horror, other times in disbelief. Mostly though, their reaction is based on a lack of knowing what to do about the bullying they saw.
To help bystanders find the courage to speak up, Cartoon Network developed the Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign. Their website is loaded with information to help kids identify and respond more appropriately to bullying, but perhaps more importantly, Stop Bullying: Speak Up is looking for kids and adults to take their pledge to help stop bullying.
Join me in taking the pledge. Visit the Stop Bullying: Speak Up
website or visit and like their Facebook page
. The website also includes posters, blogs, a Stop Bullying comic book
[PDF] that was crowdsourced from kids all over the US, and a tip sheet for parents, which gives helpful advice for adults to also help stop the cycle of bullying.
For a chance to appear on Cartoon Network, kids can also submit videos
, sharing their own Speak Up messages.
If you haven't yet, head on over to 31 for 31
to check out our School Bullying Prevention Difference Makers.