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Anti Bullying Speakers - Being Kind Online

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 20 percent of students between the ages of 12 and 18 are bullied during the course of a school year. However, as anti-bullying speakers like Joel Penton are acutely aware, that harassment does not end when the child leaves the school at the end of the day. Instead, it can continue long into the night in the form of cyberbullying.

As teens spend more and more of their time on their phones, tablets, laptops, and other electronic devices, it has become easier than ever for bullies to deliver abusive messages from anywhere and at any time. Anti-bullying speakers such as Joel believe that the rate of bullying, both online and in-person, can be massively reduced by speaking to students on their level.

Anti-Bullying Speakers Believe In The Power Of Positivity

Anti-Bullying Speakers Believe In The Power Of PositivityIt can be tempting to fall into the trap of thinking that high schools are designed to be intimidating, miserable, and aggressive places. In reality, however, there is absolutely no reason why this has to be the case. In fact, with a little encouragement, Joel believes that it is entirely possible to transform schools into a place where students actually want to be.

The first step on the road to creating a welcoming learning environment is transforming how the students interact with each other. While schools can effectively monitor and police interactions that occur within the bounds of their corridors and classrooms, it is much more difficult for them to know how kids are speaking to each other online. Indeed, many schools have found that taking reactive action in response to cyberbullying does not do much to stop the issue. As such, they are increasingly turning to anti-bullying speakers like Joel for a more proactive approach to the problem.

Instead of creating a system of punishments, Joel speaks to the students and encourages them to be more positive in how they communicate with each other. He believes that giving teenagers the ability to make the right decisions for themselves is much more likely to lead to positive results than simply telling them what to do.

With all of this in mind, Joel asks the students to carefully consider each and every message that they send. In particular, he recommends that they ask themselves a few simple questions before hitting send, such as:

  • Does this communication convey a positive message?
  • How would I feel if I received this message?
  • Does this message contribute to creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment?

Anti-Bullying Speakers - Being Kind OnlineAnti-bullying speakers like Joel Penton make a huge difference in the lives of the students that they speak to. By helping the kids to understand how they can bring positivity into the world, he gives them the tools to make their high school a more open and welcoming place.

So what are you waiting for? If you would like Joel to bring his message of positivity to your school, get in touch and set up a date, time, and location that works best for you.

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