BE PART OF THE SOLUTION
No matter how large or small, every action you take to increase 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:
Adopt a Curriculum
- 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 cyberbullied. 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 cyberbullying in a comprehensive schoolwide 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.
Join a Group
- Get involved with loveisrespect, National Dating Abuse Helpline to end dating abuse.
- 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.
Advocate for Legislative Change
- Keep up on the newest sexting and cyberbullying legislation at the state level, and reach out to your legislators and let them know what you think.
- 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.
Other Ways to Be an Advocate
- Help spread the word in your community by hosting a screening of (DIS)CONNECTED! Check out our toolkit with discussion questions, tip sheets, customizable posters, and more!
- Organize a "Don't Be a Statistic Day" to combat dating abuse in your school.
- Find ways to get adults to care about dating abuse from DoSomething.org.
- Visit The Safe Space to find out how you can raise awareness to end dating violence – become an educator, let your creativity speak, or use the power of the press.
- 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. Visit "That's Not Cool" to play games, send "callout cards," and discuss digital dating abuse on the forums.
- In May 2011, students at the Mary Louis Academy hosted the first-ever "Delete Day." Learn how to hold one at your school.
- Have you been part of the solution? You can post this action to Draw Your Line and take a stand against digital abuse.