Dear student returning to school or just starting your educational journey,
If you see someone at school who has no friends or is being bullied because they are ‘different’, shy or because he/she doesn’t have the trendiest clothes or gadgets, go and stand up for them and tell the bullies to STOP!
You can make a real difference into someone’s day by just saying “hi” or by smiling at someone who may not have any friends. It only takes 17 facial muscles to smile, so put them to good use.
There is NOTHING cool about bullying and a student that goes and stops it is way tougher and braver than bullies will ever be.
(This was originally published on the Extreme Dudeson’s facebook page in Finnish, but the message is pertinent and something worth sharing).
With the way we communicate today, bullying doesn’t always stop at the school yard, but extends to the life at home via the internet and can have a huge impact on a child’s life (or anyone’s for that matter). If you are being bullied at school and/or online, make sure that you talk to your teachers/parents/friends about it, so that it can be stopped. It is NOT a sign of weakness to tell someone.
To those who know/witness bullying, like the above message says, go and stop it, or go tell your teacher.
There are good resources on line such
as: http://www.stopbullying.gov/, http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/Bullying/Pages/Bullying.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=UK_GO_S_E_GEN_New_Grant_ChildLine_Bullying&utm_term=stop_bullying&gclid=CJrwq6jXv8ACFVDItAod-xIACA&gclsrc=aw.ds, http://www.kidscape.org.uk/?gclid=CJDgvrXXv8ACFSKWtAodCF8AoA