Is bullying really worse today than it was 20 years ago? Every day, there seems to be another news story about a kid suffering one way or another due to other kids just being mean. Is your school working to raise awareness about what's going on with these kids today? Here, you'll find a few ideas that can help your school raise some money and awareness about the serious impact of bullying in an attempt to stop it.
Order Custom Wristbands
The next time you're out and about, look at the wrists of the teenagers that pass by—most of them will have at least one or two gummy wristbands. These wristbands are used by all kinds of companies to promote and market their products—your school can use them to draw attention to the problem.
The message that is written on the wristband should be some sort of reminder of the damage that bullying can cause. You can have a contest at the school for the students to come up with a statement for the wristbands. The students will submit their ideas and the student council can work to choose the winning statement—the student who submitted the idea can be awarded a prize of some sort.
This contest will provide you and the staff with a lot of insight. As you read the submissions, you'll be able to see how each student feels about bullying and how it has impacted their own lives. This information can be taken and used to come up with assembly ideas, as well as other awareness drives for the school.
Keep the Kids Motivated
So many schools have one anti-bullying program at the beginning of the year, and then, maybe another if there has been an incident in the school. Kids need constant reminders of even the most basic information, so they will need a boost of sorts to remind them of what can happen when bullying is ignored.
Set up guest speakers, provide some sort of motivation for them to continue to wear the wristbands. Maybe, every so often, announce that anyone wearing their wristband that day gets a free ice cream or treat from the cafeteria. It doesn't take much to motivate a kid for sweets, but this will be a constant reminder of those wristbands and why they are wearing them.
Talk with the staff and students at the school. This is a country-wide issue that if every school works to combat may be able to become a managed issue that isn't taking the lives of children.