We sent Lingo on a journey through the web to find the best sites to help put an end to bullying. Upon our mascot’s return, we were lucky to learn about STOMP Out Bullying™. Here’s more information about them from their website:
STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S.
It is the brainchild of Love Our Children USA™ who since 1999, has been the ‘Go-To’ prevention organization fighting all forms of violence and neglect against children in the U.S.
In 2005, Love Our Children USA™ recognized a critical need to address the issue of bullying and cyberbullying and created STOMP Out Bullying™.
STOMP Out Bullying™ focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying; as well as educating kids and teens in school and online, providing help for those in need and at risk of suicide, raising awareness, peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns. An additional focus educates parents on how to keep their children safe and responsible online.
Both the STOMP Out Bullying Program™ and its Annual BLUE SHIRT DAY™ WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION initiative brings awareness and educates kids and teens, parents and schools about the issue. It offers hope for every student who experiences the harmful effects of bullying and teaches parents to keep open communication with their kids and teens and to look for signs. It also educates school administrators across the country, who have swept this issue under the rug for far too long. Funds raised for the campaign go towards helping kids and teens in need of help and at risk for suicide, in-school education, public awareness and education, a dedicated web site, brochures and materials to assist bullying and cyberbullying prevention education and peer mentoring in schools.
Today’s students are at risk, and that risk grows more and more everyday as the popularity of the Internet increases. Today our youths are exposed to so much more than we were years ago. And years ago, when a kid or teen threatened to kill someone they didn’t mean it. Today students have access to guns and the threat to kill someone is no longer idle.
The issues of bullying and cyberbullying have increased to alarming proportions. As a form of violence against children of all ages, these issues have caused a crisis. Some victims are so tormented that suicide has become an alternative for them. It has everyone worried. Not just the kids and teens on its receiving end, but the parents, teachers and others who may not understand how extreme bullying can get. STOMP Out Bullying™ works aggressively to prevent these issues and to help those affected by it.
Adults must empower the victims and help change the behavior of the bullies. Schools must react swiftly and redirect negative behaviors into positive and productive solutions.
Bystanders who witness the assaults, harassment and threats must not remain silent. They must stand up for victims.
Parents must teach their kids and teens kindness, compassion and respect and schools must do the same. Our kids and teens need to know they are valued and protected.
Love Our Children created STOMP Out Bullying™ to put an end to this crisis, to keep children of all ages safe and to create bullying prevention education and peer mentoring in schools.
Please join us in our efforts to educate and advocate and most of all to STOMP Out Bullying™!
STOMP Out Bullying™ is proud to serve as a partner of “America’s Promise Alliance” founded by General Colin Powell, an advisory member to the “Be A Star Alliance” and to be called upon by the media as a leading expert in Bullying and Cyberbullying prevention.
“Within eight weeks of beginning the Reading Kingdom, Ben’s progress was enormous. Each day that we continue the programs, he improves. It has also boosted his self-esteem. “– Gail Weiner, parent