ANTI BULLY

I remember when I was in elementary school, and learned that there were opposites to the negative parts of life; I was excited. I first learned about opposites and understood it to mean two things could be directly opposed to, and totally reversed in intention/purpose to one another yet often need that opponent and in co-existing with this other, a sort of balance is created. Bullying & violence were regular fears and so naturally I applied this new found knowledge in those places first. I put Anti in front of the negative situation. Anti violence, that means pro peace. And Anti Bullying, well that’s being a nice person, a helper. It was a lesson I learned when I was very young, but it taught be how to be a helper,  or what I’m calling ANTI BULLY! I have been talking about this concept for a few years in my public speeches and writing, I also published a post on Community News Commons in 2012 entitled “Anti Bully: The Secret Weapon Is You”.

Becoming an Anti-Bully

When I was 10-years-old, and I was the victim of intense bullying to the point of contemplating suicide, I made a commitment to become an Anti-Bully. I thought that bullies built up and then used their popularity, social intelligence and their hands for negative purposes. It was similair to a villain in a comic using their superpowers for evil.

An anti-bully would use their influence, creativity and example for positive purposes; akin to a superhero using their superpowers for good. Through our example, we make being respectful a cool trait; which would make bullying uncool. We could laugh more, ask for help when we need it and stand by our peers.

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I have committed to sharing my thoughts on 6 strategies that I believe can help students become Anti Bullies, & along the way will also share examples of what we can use instead of “anti” – meaning we focus on what we want, or the solution, instead of letting the problem or challenge take our energy. It is our young people who can save lives.

Week 1 – Getting Ready for Back To School

week 2 – Sit With The Kid Who Eats Alone

Week 3 – Encourage Friends To Ask For Help

Week 4 – Join Or Create A Group/Club

Week 5 – Asking For Help

Week 6 – Deliberate Acts of Kindness

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The core concept here is that we as young people can be a part of a solution when it comes to combating youth suicide. Our example is our most powerful tool in the fight to keep our young people, our classrooms and communities safe.

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