Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The StopCyberbullying Pledge

Discussions of suicide and of adults targeting teens are hard for some students and adults to hear. They also, sadly, dilute the message that most cyberbullying doesn’t kill. The StopCyberbullying Pledge is a pledge that students, teachers, parents, and members of the community take to commit to a cyberbully-free world. It is a more positive message based on empowering students and others to create the cyberworld they want to inhabit.

It begins by stating the StopCyberbullying Bill of Rights. These include:

  • The right to be free of harassment and to expect respect and courtesy.
  • The right to play games and visit sites without being tormented.
  • The right of privacy and to feel safe online and offline.
  • The right to expect others to help you when you need help.
  • The right to have your confidences protected by those in whom you confide.
  • And the right to have your password secure and your computer free from malicious code
The we ask teachers, librarians and students to add whatever other rights they think young people should have. Then, they sign it and let everyone know they support it.

They can do posters, videos, websites and Facebook pages to help promote the Pledge and Bill of Rights.