BE PART OF THE SOLUTION
No matter how large or small, every action you take to increase national awareness of this issue is an important step. Educate yourself, inspire others to make a difference and be a part of the solution. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Get involved with loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline to end dating abuse.
- Read 5 simple ways YOU can help fight teen dating abuse, brought to you by Liz Claiborne and DoSomething.org.
- Explore The Safe Space to learn more about what other young people across the country are doing around this cause. Use your talents, skills and voice to raise awareness.
- Education is the first step in ending domestic violence. To promote laws that require education about healthy relationships and dating abuse in middle schools and high schools, sign the Break the Cycle and Mary Kay petition.
- Check out these simple ideas from DoSomething.org to help stop cyberbullying in your community, school and everyday life.
- Join Teenangels and spread the word about responsible and safe Internet surfing to other teens, younger kids, parents and teachers. Teenangels are trained in all aspects of online safety, privacy and security and run unique programs in schools across the country.
- No one can tell you where to go, what to wear, or what to do because your actions and decisions are your responsibility. Join the BOM (Boss of Me) street team and help other teens dial down the drama.
- Push for the ADL Model Cyberbullying Prevention Statute, which requires school districts to adopt an anti-bullying policy in their schools that is comprehensive, practical and effective. The policy gives schools the resources they need to combat and respond to bullying and cyberbullying.
- Your cell phone, IM, and social networks are all a digital extension of who you are. When someone you're with pressures you or disrespects you in those places, that's not cool. The Family Violence Prevention Fund, in partnership with the Ad Council, have created "That's Not Cool" to raise awareness about digital dating abuse and stop it before it gets worse.
Advocate for your school to adopt any of the following resources to help educate other students on teen dating abuse and cyberbullying:
- Liz Claiborne- Love is not abuse The Love Is Not Abuse Curriculum is a step-by step guide to teaching high school students about the issue of dating violence. Using literature and poetry, this program provides teachers with the tools to teach about this subject and is intended to be taught in either Health or English/Language Arts classes.
- Hazelden - Cyber bullying: A Prevention Curriculum for Grades 6-12 This highly engaging, eight-session curriculum helps students understand what cyber bullying is, its consequences, and what students should do if they are being cyber bullied. The program includes a facilitator's guide and a CD-ROM of reproducible handouts, posters, parent materials (in English and Spanish) and information on how to address cyber bullying in a comprehensive school wide prevention effort.
- Anti-Defamation League - Cyberbullying and Online Cruelty: Challenging Social Norms The purpose of this lesson is to increase awareness and empathy among students with regard to cyberbullying and online social cruelty. Through visual media and discussion, students are encouraged to reevaluate their own online behavior and to explore their collective civic responsibility to make the Internet a safe "neighborhood." Students are challenged to analyze how social norms contribute to negative online behavior, and to design a campaign to reshape these norms in their school community.