Boys & Girls Clubs of America partnered with Instagram and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center for a design workshop with young people in Washington, D.C.
Putting a stop to bullying requires input from many perspectives. With that in mind, Boys & Girls Clubs of America partnered with Instagram and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center for a design workshop with young people in Washington, D.C.
More than 50 local young people joined anti-bullying experts for a half day of real talk about bullying, both offline and online. Topics covered included the root causes of bullying, how young people address it amongst their peers, and how to empower young people to put an end to it.
“It was cool to watch young people create a community on the spot that produced art that helps to define how they escape the horrors of bullying,” said LeVar Jones, teen services director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.
As social media becomes increasingly ingrained in the lives of today’s teens, the incidence of bullying on digital platforms has risen. About 15% of high school students report that they’ve experienced cyberbullying, according to the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice.
Instagram is working to develop tools to help prevent online bullying, such as:
Whether it occurs online or at school, the teens attending the design workshop understood the importance of tackling the issue of bullying head-on.
“It’s extremely important for us to talk about bullying, because there are kids who are taking their lives because they’re getting bullied,” said Jarrod J., a youth who attends the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. “As mentor to other youth at my Club, we want to just make sure we give a voice to teens to let them know that we have their back.”
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