Can tens of millions of bloggers help stop bullying? We believe the answer is yes.
Bullying is not just ‘kids being kids’. It can have a damaging impact on children, on families, and on communities. Too many kids are victims of bullying and too few witnesses step in to do something about it.
We know that the vast majorities of teens are NOT engaged in bullying, but when it occurs, everyone has the power to stop bullying when they see it happen.
That’s why Facebook and Time Warner launched the Stop Bullying: Speak Up pledge. At its core, the Pledge is a public statement from parents, teachers, and students that they will take action when you see bullying occur. It’s aimed at inspiring the grand majority of people who witness bullying to come together as a community, take simple steps to help someone in need, and to create a culture that makes bullying – and the drama that leads to it – uncool.
More than 60,000 people throughout the country have taken the Pledge. Today, we ask the BlogHer community to join the movement. Here are a few simple actions that will go a long way:
- Take the pledge. Go to facebook.com/stopbullyingspeakup to take the Pledge. Then share it with all of your family and friends on Facebook.
- Post the pledge on your blog. Go to the Take Action Center and click on the Get the Widget link so that you can get the widget. Your readers will be able to take the pledge without ever leaving your page.
- Share your stories. We encourage you to write, blog, post your stories about how bullying has impacted you, your family, and your friends. We hope to feature some of your stories on the Stop Bullying: Speak Up wall in the coming weeks and months
We know that with the help of the BlogHer community, we can raise awareness of this import issue and help stop bullying.
Will you take the Stop Bullying: Speak Up Pledge?
--Dave and Alice
Statement from Dave Steer, Trust & Safety, Facebook; Alice Cahn, VP of Corporate Social Responsibility, Cartoon Network
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