elionwyr: (bunny)

I think it’s safe to say that we all pretty much get bullying = bad.

What we don’t get is what to do about it.

Bullying is one of those topics that is, unfortunately, near to my heart.  I dealt with it as a child and, unfortunately, I've dealt with it as an adult..especially over the past few years.  Many of you have seen the effect of that here in my Livejournal, which used to be a lot more public until the bullying began and folks in category B below (also called 'sycophants') started frequenting my blog.

That’s a sobering graphic.  It shows, very matter-of-factly, that it’s not just the act of bullying that’s the problem…it’s how we react to the bully/the bullying that contributes to the situation.  In my experience as being both a child and as an adult that’s been bullied, there are way too many people in categories B, C, D, E, and F.  The pain of being bullied often has more to do with those categories than the one bully ringleader.

So we’re told to ignore the bully and the situation will stop, and those of us that have tried that know it doesn’t work.  A good bully has all those other sycophants participating, consciously or not, in the hurt, and the more you hurt? The more they enjoy what they're doing.

What does help?  Being willing to say, “That’s not ok," and standing up to bad behavior.

And that’s a large part of what the Don’t be a Monster campaign is all about.


This campaign, using the slogan, “monsters belong in haunted houses,” is working on bringing free 30-minute anti-bullying presentations to varied schools across the country.  Some of the haunters involved in this are people I’m proud to say I know and have worked with, and I’m wicked proud of them for this project.

You can find this campaign on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dont-Be-A-Monster, or online at http://www.dontbeamonster.org/.  Drop them a note if you want to help them succeed, or if you’d like more information.

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elionwyr: (DH Dance)
As y'all should have caught on to by now, I'm all about no drama - and also, Don't Be A Dick.

[livejournal.com profile] popfiend just posted this (I'm assuming he wrote it..?) and I'm reposting because it's too good not to share..

"The problem is all inside your LJ", I said to she
The answer is easy if you take it logically
I'd like to help you in your struggle to be free
There must be fifty ways to avoid the DRAMA

It is often my habit to intrude
But I hope my meaning won't be lost or misconstrued
And I'll repeat myself, because you gotta listen dude
There must be fifty ways to avoid the DRAMA
Fifty ways to avoid the DRAMA

Don't call her a bitch, Mitch
Turn off the 'Net, Chet
Don't tell no lies, Vi
Just be DRAMA FREE
Have a good f*ck, Chuck
Don't say they suuuuuuuuuuck
Just don't be a dick, Rick
And be DRAMA FREE

Ooo don't call her a bitch, Mitch
Turn off the 'Net, Chet
Don't tell no lies, Vi
Just be DRAMA FREE
Have a good f*ck, Chuck
Don't say they suuuuuuuuuuck
Just don't be a dick, Rick
And be DRAMA FREE

I said Internet people can be quite insane
And if you let them they can cause you so much pain
She said I appreciate that and would you please explain
About the fifty ways

I said you don't always need to fight the fight
And there is no need to always prove you're right
And not everyone needs to hear your new insight
There must be fifty ways to avoid the DRAMA
Fifty ways to avoid the DRAMA

Don't call her a bitch, Mitch
Turn off the 'Net, Chet
Don't tell no lies, Vi
Just be DRAMA FREE
Have a good f*ck, Chuck
Don't say they suuuuuuuuuuck
Just don't be a dick, Rick
And be DRAMA FREE

Ooo don't call her a bitch, Mitch
Turn off the 'Net, Chet
Don't tell no lies, Vi
Just be DRAMA FREE
Have a good f*ck, Chuck
Don't say they suuuuuuuuuuck
Just don't be a dick, Rick
And be DRAMA FREE
elionwyr: (Default)
Yessirree, a movement I wholeheartedly endorse and support..DBAD!

http://fragbert.livejournal.com/442522.html

I think the world might be a better place if people stopped wearing clothing and jewelry with "WWJD" plastered on it, and replaced it with "DBAD".

This so fits my own enthusiasm of late for us to all practice random kindness...so, hey! DBAD, y'all!

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