We call it
SEE. SUPPORT. REPORT.
The tragic completed suicide of 15-year-old Amanda Todd on October 10, 2012 is a reminder that we all need to be more vigilant about reporting cyberbullying. It is our responsibility to reach out to reliable resources that are going to follow up and help the victim being bullied. We also need to make a greater effort to reach out to those who are being targeted and let them know that they DO have support and are surrounded by love and courage.
We can do that. Right now.
This new initiative must be enacted at the small community level, preferably within each specific school. At Centennial, we are working hard to implement this program within the next five school days. We are working cooperatively with the administration and the counseling team. Both departments are fully committed to doing whatever is necessary to end the senseless abuse of bullying — online and in person.
Here are the three main steps in our new initiative, encouraging you to become the Eyes of Love:
Social media networking is a part of our lives, and we have become rather detached from the information we see on our newsfeeds. Unfortunately, too many people are sending out cries for help, or are being bullied online,and we skim right by it, thinking that somebody else will take care of it. The truth is, there is nothing “innocent” about being a bystander. If you SEE something that concerns you, take the initiative to be that somebody who will take the effort to make a stand.
Supporting an individual that is being attacked through social media or in person is easier than you might think. Let that person know that you support them and that they are not alone. Publicly or privately, reach out and stand confidently beside them. Just making positive, supportive contact in some form is so important, and it takes just a few seconds to let them know that they are not alone.
At Centennial, we are in the process of establishing several convenient and anonymous ways to report signs of bullying, especially through social networks. We are working closely with the webmaster at our school to create a “dropbox” for anonymous screenshots of cyberbullying. We are also working on establishing a mailbox for screenshots to be sent via text. Students are encouraged to provide any specific details that might assist in ceasing the attacks.
We are just in the initial stages of developing this new campaign, but there are several things I want to stress here:
- Our administration and counseling department are fully behind any and all efforts to protect individuals from being bullied, and to hold the aggressors fully accountable for their actions. This empowers Lines of Love to reach more students, more faculty members, and more community leaders to support our initiatives and to help our students.
- This is a pilot initiative that we hope is modeled soon in other school systems around the county, the state, and the nation. See. Support. Report. addresses the needs of everyone involved and provides a thorough response to every aspect of the problem.
- This program is unique because it encourages bystanders to take a more active role in reaching out to the victim AND reporting the abuse. We believe this takes very little time to do, yet the benefits can literally be life-changing.
If you choose to adopt this program into your school system, or if you are already doing a variation of See. Support. Report., please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to share your strategies here for all of us to strengthen our nets of kindness and wellness for all students, of all ages, for all reasons.