Take a stand, help stomp out bullying

© 2017-Mountain Statesman

GRAFTON—The month of October has been designated as National Bully Prevention Awareness Month.

According to Stomp Out Bullying, the first Monday of each October is Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying. The day signifies the importance of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month each October.

Students and staff at Taylor County Middle School participated in Blue Shirt Day on Monday, October 2.

School officials stated, “We are all in this together, and it will take all of us to stop bullying.”

Thousands of schools in the nation participated in the day to have a Sea of Blue

across the country and throughout the world. 

Both the Stomp Out Bullying Program and its annual Blue Shirt Day World Day Of Bullying Prevention initiative bring awareness and educate kids, teens, parents and schools about the issue.

The programs offers hope for every student who experiences the harmful effects of bullying, and it teaches parents to keep open communication with their kids and teens, as well as notifying parents of what signs of bullying to look for.

The program also helps educated school administrators across the country who have swept this issue under the rug for far too long.

According to the website, stompoutbullying.org, the program is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country.

Stomp Out Bullying aims to teach both students and teachers civility, inclusion and equality.

“It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in school and online,” the website stated.

Through peer mentoring programs, social media campaigns and even popular celebrities sharing public service announcements, Stomp Out Bullying seeks to help those in need and at risk of suicide due to bullying.

The website provides many resources for students, educators and parents including ways to help, along with a help chat line.

The chat line is free and confidential that helps youth ages 13- with issues surrounding bullying and cyberbullying.

For more information or for resources to help, visit www.stompoutbullying.org.

Locally, Taylor County Schools utilize an app called Sprigeo, which allows students to anonymously send a message to administrators to report bullying, harassment, intimidation or if someone is causing harm.

“We created Sprigeo so people would feel safer at school,” explained Joe Bruzzese, Founder of Sprigeo,

According to the app, if a student feels unsafe or knows someone who feels unsafe, they can report it. After the reporter completely fills out a form and submits it, Sprigeo sends an email to an administrator with all of the details from the report.

The Sprigeo app also allows students to report cyberbully that may occur on social media websites including Facebook, Instagram and You Tube, as well as many others.

In addition, students may send reports about fights, drugs, alcohol or weapons at school, or if they have friends who talk about hurting themselves.

Students may visit https://app.sprigeo.com/, or download the app from the Apple Store or the Android Marketplace to submit a report.

“When a person really needs help or there is a safety threat at school we hope you will step up and send in a report,” imparted Bruzzese.

© 2017-Mountain Statesman

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