Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Megan Pledge - An Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign

A few weeks ago I gave you a peek behind the scenes of the 8th Annual Wired Kids Summit. Today, I'm here to tell you about the major focus of the Summit. The suicide of Megan Meier that took place after a cyberbullying incident brought national attention to the problem that is running rampant with teens. A Tweenangel chapter in New Rochelle, NY has done something about it and we would like to turn it into a national campaign.

The tweens have initiated the Megan Pledge, a three part campaign to help stop cyberbullying. There are three parts of The Megan Pledge, a signed individual pledge, a group banner and a black and white polka-dot ribbons to wear and share. The pledge itself contains both statements and a set of promises. It is signed and witnessed and given to WiredSafety’s Megan Pledge volunteer team and sent back to WiredSafety where the pledges will be recorded and entered in a data base with the objective of getting one million signatures by the end of the year.

At the Wired Kids Summit, Tina Meier, Megan's mother and Deputy Director of the Megan Pledge campaign, presented the program along with tweens from the Ridgewood chapter.

A dedicated web site is being created and when it is announced, it will be with the endorsement and help of Facebook, Xanga, and Tagged, with others to follow as arrangements are completed. The site will have all the necessary information and resources to get a program started in your school. Watch for that in the coming weeks. However, there is no need to wait. If you would like to get a Megan Pledge campaign started in your school, just email me at awolinsky@3dwriting.com and I'll email you a starter kit.

Help fight cyberbullying. Be one in a million!

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posted by Art @ 5:40 PM   5 comments links to this post

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At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As musch as this might help. It isn't going to change anything. I think parents need to watch what their kids do on the internet. I dont see why this is such a problem and why parents just cant communicate with this problem. We all know its real, taking a pledge might help alittle, but 1 million difference wont make a difference from billions of people.

 
At 6:32 PM, Anonymous Ashley M. said...

All I can hope is that the woman who did this will pay the highest penalty available for her crime against this child. Yes, young people need to be taught to not bully, but considering that the crime was committed by a PARENT, adults need to learn to act their age as well!

 
At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are hurt by pixels? WOAH!!
Your a stupid ignorant self centered idiotic waste of a life.


Anonymous just did 56 damage.

Really, I mean REALLY, parents need to start teaching their children that words do not hurt. Losing friends to rumors, losing alliances, just make new friends... If people leave you just because of a silly rumor, they are not your friends...

 
At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every kid that has a cell phone, or a computer, the childs parents shold moniter it evry night. the child could be cyber bullied and they don't even know. All the people that read this message must put a stop to Cyber bully

 
At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of these people are very ignorant, and quite obviously do not understand what is going on today around the word. Megan was suffering from Depression, and this just took it way too far. There are many other kids that are suffering, and we can help, but most of us are to ignorant to help. Yes, this isn't going to change it much, but it can make a difference. We can all try to stop it when we see or hear about it. Also, we can help our friends or our peers who are suffering from it, and help them escape the same fate that Megan had.

 

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