Bullying is far from a new phenomenon but it seems to be more severe and more prevalent in today’s society, especially with the explosion of social media. When I was a student, I was teased and picked on (especially for my glasses) but at the very least I only had to deal with it at school. That was bad enough. Today, kids now have to deal with it in person and online. It’s especially horrible for LGBT students. This terrifies me as a mother. I can only begin to imagine the horror these children go through on a daily basis, the pain and loneliness that they feel.
On April 19, 2013, students around the world will take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT behavior. The Day of Silence is a student-led national event to end anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence to show their support and illustrate to their classmates, school administrators and school staff the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT.
GLSEN’s 2009 National School Climate Survey found that nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students report verbal, sexual or physical harassment at school and more than 30% report missing at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety.
In support of the Day of Silence, I will be silent. Will you join me? There are numerous ways you can participate:
– Take the vow of silence and sign the pledge at: http://dayofsilence.org/PDFs/DOS_pledge.pdf.
– Link to the site: http://dayofsilence.org/getinvolved/.
– Follow the conversation on Twitter at #dayofsilence
– Get involved on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NationalDayofSilence.
For more information, go to:www.dayofsilence.org. Leave a comment below if you’re joining me in silence on April 19!
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GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, has also partnered with the Ad Council to create a new tool that tracks anti-LGTB slurs on Facebook and Twitter in real time. Help us eliminate these slurs and bring attention to the issue by embedding the counter on your blog and sharing with your viewers! See it here: ThinkB4YouSpeak.com.