As we head into summer, it’s important to keep in mind that just because kids aren’t in school doesn’t mean that bullying stops. Technology can be a beautiful thing, but it can also be a tool to demean, belittle or bully from anywhere at anytime. According to TeenSafe 87% of today’s youth have witnessed cyberbullying. THAT’S NOT COOL!
The reach of cyberbullying can be staggering, but here’s the good news: it only takes one person to standup to decrease the likelihood of the bully attacking again. The “I Am A Witness” campaign seeks to give anyone with a smart phone a way to stand up and stand against bullying attacks they see online. Check out their video:
Here are some way you can get involved:
- Find and use the I am a Witness emoji on your phone
- Download the I Am a Witness keyboard app and use it to send positive messages to people you see being bullied online or through text. You can find it here.
- Use the #IAmAWitness hashtag to to let bullies know that you see what they’re doing and you’re not okay with it.