Why this matters
Our vision is simple: for schools and communities across America to be places in which teens don't have to deal with harassment, humiliation, and hate. Growing up is hard enough as it is, and yet it gets even worse because of the tendency of some to be cruel to others, often because they don't know how to cope with their own struggles and emotions.
Everyone is looking for an answer to the bullying and cyberbullying problem. We know where it can be found: in teens themselves. More than parents, teachers, counselors, coaches, law enforcement – they have the power and ability to do something. To step up, and be the change they wish to see in the world (as Gandhi has so eloquently put it). They can combat hate by leading the way to promote tolerance, acceptance, and mutual respect. They can get their peers on board, and make it cool to care about others. They can help build cultures of kindness on their campuses, which can gain buy-in and traction from others, and then go viral – completely revolutionizing the way things are.
We know this isn't just some random, ideal dream. We've met many teens who are coming up with creative ideas, and running with them. They are spearheading movements and making a real, measurable difference. And you know what? They are loving life, and they are setting themselves apart from everyone else – everyone else who is selfishly wrapped up on their own lives, and who just don't seem to care. They are daring to be different, and they are the guys and girls who will land the best opportunities tomorrow because of their attitudes and decisions today.
We want you on board. We can help. Join our community, tell your story, and get input from others. Brainstorm ideas. Celebrate successes. Learn from obstacles. And work together.
Words wound. But words can also heal and help. Don't be that guy who stands by in silence. Don't be that girl who does nothing. Join us, and do your part. We are right here with you, and all along the way.
I think everyone has cyber bullied, with or without realizing. And that is okay...if it doesn't go too far and you learn from your mistakes. Well in truth, I was a cyber-bully. I thought it was just fun and harmless since they never seemed to be hurt. After a while though, I felt guilty and I didn't know why. Then I heard of cyber bullying and I knew I was doing it. I quit then and there, with apologies and left those websites. Later on though, I became the victim. I was on a website, and some people I didn't know seemed to just choose me to target. They weren't really threatening, just annoying. After a while it got worse and worse and worse, and finally I snapped and got them reported to the websites moderators, and then I left that website as well. What I have learned? You can use the internet for good and bad, but the worse you use it for, the worse you will feel.12 year-old boy from USA