No Bully is a US based non-profit organization that trains schools how to activate student compassion to stop bullying and cyberbullying. The non-punitive No Bully System has created bully-free campuses for over 100,000 students. Microsoft is now joining NoBully organization and UNESC to create a global campaign to stop online bullying and to inspire young people to stand up for one another in the digital space. According to Microsoft’s own survey, 11 percent of teens in 14 countries said they experienced online bullying at some point. Seventeen percent, 23 percent and 25 percent of teens, respectfully, said they had encountered online harassment, trolling and being treated meanly online. Microsoft is encouraging parents, caregivers and all adults to:
- Pay attention. From time to time, ask older kids to take you on a “tour” of what they’re doing online. Model positive social behavior and watch for signs of online cruelty. For younger children, sit with them regularly as they play online.
- Encourage empathy. A powerful way to help combat online bullying is to encourage kids to put themselves in others’ shoes.
- Promote kindness in children’s learning and social circles, and again, model that positive behavior among your own friends and family.