Are YOU wearing blue?
Monday, October 3 will be the eighth 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, the upcoming 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
Be sure to check out CPI's exclusive podcast interview
with STOMP Out Bullying™ founder Ross Ellis and then head on over to 31 for 31
to find out Ross'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?
CPI is supporting Blue Shirt Day®
World Day of Bullying Prevention by making a donation for every employee who sports a blue shirt (or any blue clothing) on October 3.
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!