Webinars and blogging for National Bullying Prevention Month
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the National School Climate Center are asking students and teachers to use social media for positive reasons during National Bullying Prevention Month.

In a series of four interactive lessons students will gain deeper understanding of the scale and breadth of mean, cruel and/or bullying behavior as well as what they can do to be Upstanders – or socially responsible — in their school communities.

Through video-conferences and team blogging, they will have the opportunity to dialogue with their global peers around questions such as why others act in mean, cruel and bullying ways, why it is important that all people are valued in a community and how students can make a positive difference as in their school and community.

As we know already, social media issues can go viral. What may start as a virtual conversation between a small group of students during these sessions sponsored by both organizations, we know that those students involved can pay it forward and have an impact on their peers and teachers in a variety of ways. Perhaps they can even start a movement to help combat some of the sad statistics that were reported by DoSomething.org.

Bullying is a complicated topic because some people believe it’s a rite of passage for students. After all, we have all experienced bullying in some way and we turned out fine. However, we also understand that not all students have the resilience to withstand the bullying their endure, and they need others to help support them.

Although the blogging and conferencing will take place during Bullying Prevention Month, the hope and goal of the program is to make students feel empowered during those months when bullying is not the central theme of a month. Maybe, just maybe, it will help inspire students to stand up for one another.

Video conference Dates:
October 27 (ages 15+) 1 a.m., 7 a.m., 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. (All times are GMT)
October 29 (ages 12-14) 1 a.m., 7 a.m., 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. (All times are GMT)
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Blogging Dates: October 12 -23