Which spark are you?
Do you spark fire or do you spark change?
How aware are you of bullying?
35% of kids have been threatened online. Nearly 1 in 5 have had it happen more than once (StompOutBullying).
1 out of 4 kids is bullied. Up to 43% of students have been bullied while online (StompOutBullying).
53% of kids admit to having said something mean or hurtful to another person online. More than 1 in 3 have done it more than once (StompOutBullying).
58% of kids admit that someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out of 10 say it has happened more than once (StompOutBullying).
Dominici, David. Teenager Student With Fear. N.d.. Free Digital Photos. Web. July 18, 2014.
How could you be a spark for change?
If you see someone being bullied, go tell someone who can help. In most cases, telling another student may not be useful and your best bet would be to tell a trusted adult. If that adult doesn't do something to prevent or address the issue, then keep telling adults until one of them does something about it. If you, or someone you know is willing and able to confront the bully, go for it.
Spread the information about Cyberbullying. By making this information more well known, the bullied will know that they are not alone and that there are ways to get help. In the case of the bully, they will realize that attention will be brought onto them, and many of them don't want anyone to know the harm they cause to others. This would lead to a decrease in cases of bullying.
In addition, some people bully without realizing that what they are doing is considered bullying activity. This is because they are raised the way they treat others and think its what the norm is. They are only trying to interact the way they thought was normal. By addressing these individuals you may be opening their eyes to reality and aiding them in getting the help they themselves may need.
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