Defeat the Label AntiBullying Day
Universal Academy Students Take a Pledge to Be UpStanders
Defeat the Label - Defeat Cyberbullying
We wanted to take this time to talk with you about Cyberbullying in the classroom. Although Cyberbullying happens outside the classroom, it can often carry over into the classroom resulting in behavior changes and problems among students. In some cases, students can become so worried about cyber bullying that it can begin to have an effect on their school work and even make them afraid to come to school.
Here are some ways you can address Cyberbullying in the classroom:
• Discuss Cyberbullying- Create and maintain an open dialogue with your students about Cyberbullying including what it is and how it can happen. Students need to know that you are available for them to go to with a problem.
• Behavior Changes- Watch for behavior changes in your students and if one is noticed, ask if there is something bothering them. Some students may be reluctant to ask for help but if offered, will take you up on it.
• Teach Empathy- Students sometimes don't realize how their words can affect another student. Help students look at something through someone else's eyes. While one thing might not bother someone, it may bother someone else.
• Reporting- Teach students that it is okay to report Cyberbullying. Students may be afraid to report Cyberbullying for many different reasons. They may fear that they will be called a "snitch" or that they will get made fun of by their peers. They may also be afraid that adults will take away or restrict their technology access.
• Technology in the Classroom- By using technology in the classroom you can demonstrate the correct use of technology. Teaching students to use technology appropriately is better than allowing them figure it out on their own.
Introduce the Pledge to your students:
“Bullying is known by many names. Whether it’s talking about someone in the hallway, terrorizing someone in person or on the Internet or committing physical violence; bullying hurts more than the person being bullied. It hurts everyone. Today we have the opportunity to stop bullying in its tracks.”
Ask your students to take the pledge by repeating after you:
"I pledge to speak up when I see someone being bullied or treated unfairly.
I will be kind to my classmates, teachers and other people in my school.
I will reach out to help others who are bullied and need my help.
I, a student at (insert school name) pledge to be an Upstander.
And starting today, I will stand up and Defeat the Label."
Congratulate them for taking a stand against bullying.
Encourage your students to visit defeathelabel.com and sign up to stay involved or “like” us on Facebook/Twitter or Instagram.
“Each month, Defeat the Label will host exclusive giveaways for our fans that are part of our team standing up against bullies --sign-up now atdefeatthelabel.com or “like” them on Facebook.”