The 24-Hour Bully Stake-Out is an “attention drive.” Organizations and individuals, each wanting to bring bullying to an end, will work together to bring the problem to light on the Internet – and in the wider world.
The SEVENTH Annual 24-Hour Bully Stakeout! Starting Friday, May 12, 2017 to Saturday, May 13, 2017 at NOON EST and running for 24 hours! When you join with our social media, posts will go out every 10 minutes (or sometimes even faster!) for 24 hours. We essentially try to take over your social media, and we ask you to share the links with your group of people. You never know which information will appear in front of the right person at just the right time! It’s easy! Just click the links below to join with our social media, and on May 12, 2017, you’ll see the posts start to appear! Just check out the ones that interest you, and share when you feel moved!!
There are three major (working) purposes for this event,
- to maximize awareness of bullying throughout social media (or at very least, throughout Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogosphere)
- to mobilize us to end bullying where we live, if it’s possible
- to spread tools and encouragement online so we can deal with bullying in the meantime.
Most anti-bullying initiatives fall short because their major goal is “end bullying.” They want it all at once, for the problem to just go away. Never mind that the “problem” involves human beings from every angle: those kind of problems are about as easy to end as it is for you to clean up dust by stomping on it. If you ask for the impossible all at once, what you GET is either a worthless band-aid or a unilateral loser proposition like “zero tolerance.” (So many of our schools have one or the other now.) Not to mention ever so many tired, frustrated activists, possibly blaming themselves. We represent some of the brightest minds on the planet acting against bullying; we can do better than that.
And there’s also this: if all we do is heighten awareness, congratulations. Then what? If we leave people awakened to the problem, and don’t tell them what they can DO, it’s worse than keeping our collective mouths closed. But that’s what we often do. Not here, friends. This time we – all of us, and the other organizations we represent – are about a clear, consistent call to action. Any educator will tell you: if you want to really learn what you’re taught, you use it and you teach it to others. We are the ones who have learned.