Friday, November 18th, is an international Stand Up Against Bullying Day. This is a day that is promoted in schools to continue to build awareness and work towards eliminating this unacceptable behaviour. Here’s the website for you to forward to everyone you know. But let’s face it, bullying doesn’t just occur in the world of kids. There are a lot of big bullies around too. Whether you are a child or an adult, no one should ever be subjected to bullying. Please do your part every single day to help this cause.
In the U.K. and many other countries this is Anti-Bullying week. For those of us who are writers, their slogan is truly meaningful! Let’s add our good words to this cause and make a commitment to do everything we can to ensure bullying goes the way of the dinosaurs.
To quote their website, “Words and expressions that are homophobic, racist, sexist or disabilist, that seek to demean particular groups and individuals are far too common in our schools, colleges and communities”.
Writers are in a unique position to use words in a strong, positive way and get messages around the planet through the light-speed of social media. This is one message we should be sending out in a loud and powerful way. Let’s make it part of our Pay It Forward movement today and every day.
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15 thoughts on “Stand up against bullying – every day!”
Wow Patricia – powerful message and you are right, we can all do a little bit to make a big difference!!
I am swamped but I am going to try and opt for a post on anti-bullying tomorrow instead of impaired driving. And if not tomorrow, then next week for sure!
GREAT JOB shining the light on this very important issue!
Thanks Nat! You are THE BEST at getting messages across!
Awesome post! I’m with Natalie in that I’m super pressed for time today and I’ll be out of town for the weekend, but I’ll do a post on this next week instead of Trashy TV recap or Wednesday funny video.
Thanks for the inspiration. This is a great way for us all to use our powers for good.
Thanks Tameri. I know whatever you do to promote this cause will be highly effective. You know how to rock the words! Have a great weekend wherever you are!
Glad you posted this, Patricia. My neice, a high school art and photog teacher, started a campaign last year that continues to gain attention. They have counseling and a safe cyber environment to talk about being bullied. The students are a huge part of the program helping other students. I repost her stuff on Facebook all the time. We have lost way too many teens to suicide due to humiliation and bullying. It needs to stop now. I’ll do a special post soon on this topic. I’ll also post on FB. Thanks.
That’s so good to hear! When I was teaching elementary school we focused daily on addressing issues around bullies. It’s so important to start young and parents can be the best role models. I’ll watch for your niece’s campaign info and will post it as well. Thank you right back!
I was a victim of bullying in high school, long before anyone gave a damn, and it scarred me. My daughter has Down syndrome, and I often hear derogatory words like “reetard” or “retarded” used as insults, particularly among young people. This is another form, and even more unforgivable, of bullying. Why unforgivable? Because this type of bullying picks on the most vulnerable part of our society. Bullies are cowards, and one can only hope that at some point they are brought down like all cowards should be. Thank you for this stand you are taking; you have my total support, admiration, and applause!
Thanks for dropping by! It’s so painful to hear or know that a child has been bullied. “Retard” is a word that should be dropped from our vocabulary. Keep spreading your powerful message! We can all help to make a difference!
I fight the battle every day. It’s shocking to know that people will use that word when they would never think of using other derogatory words, for example, the “n” word. Thanks for your comment.
Very important message–thanks for sharing. My kids go to a school that has a “positive discipline” approach at anti-bullying. They learn tactics for revealing the secret, not feel ashamed, and talking about alternatives. Seems to be working, to a degree…
I’m glad to hear you feel the program is working. Every school should be implementing strategies like this. The more bullying is talked about with children from a young age, the more chance there is of really making a difference. When opinions are expressed out in the open, kids are forced to really think about their actions. Keep talking about it!
I am glad to meet another author doing her part to stand against bullying. That is the reason I wrote my first novel & it will also be the theme in my second book.
I’m going to look at your book now. This is such an important issue and the more we can speak out the better!
Blogs like this make a difference, Patricia. I hope more schools start programs like this. Bullying starts young and hurts both the bullies and the ones bullied. Effects carry throughout life.
Thanks for sharing this.
Hugs – Betty Dravis
You are right on all counts, Betty. We absolutely must speak out … and often.Thanks for stopping by!