Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me…
The truth is, words do hurt. At Sticks ‘n’ Stones, we’re a group of teenagers who have seen firsthand what words can do. We are a new generation, with a new way of communicating, and with that comes new problems. All too often we are seeing words on a screen that hurt us. Texts, Facebook, Tumblr, Ask.fm, Snapchat, there’s people on all of them taking advantage of the screen they are hidden behind. Parents can tell us to delete our accounts, teachers can block the websites at school, but the World Wide Web is a big place.
Stopping Bullying is not as simple as that.
Sticks ‘n Stones is a student led programme focused on taking positive action online to stop both Bullying online or in person. Students have an enormous amount of experience with life online and can support younger students, their parents, families and communities to better understand the benefits and pitfalls. Authentic leadership opportunities, decision making and spokespeople roles are the heart of our project to show that teenagers have the passion, commitment and knowledge to change attitudes and behaviour.
School Action Groups from 5 Secondary schools meet fortnightly to plan on how our message can be spread. This enables groups to meet the needs of their areas in targeted ways and link in with local events and priorities.
Check out the links below to find out more about how our project gained funding and momentum and how young people anywhere could use a similar model to make a positive difference.