Online Bullying: It Ends With You.
A Peacemaking Project by Abigail S.
What is the injustice we are solving?
I care about this issue because people are getting harassed for doing what they love. People should be able to freely do things without the constant fear of someone dragging them and their spirits down.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of those being bullied on the internet
we will address the lack of fun, innovation, knowledge, and compassion
by speaking out in the community and educating people while also aiding young people to help the cause.
Our Project Plan:
- Create more compassion throughout the communities we serve
- Identify instances of bullying and harassment and stop them in their tracks
- Innovate the way we talk about bullying
We will increase my / our compassion by...
listening to others and hearing their stories to understand bullying and harassment to better tailor to their needs.
How will you show courage?
We will show courage by speaking out about different social issues past bullying, and go into the specifics such as LGBTQ+ rights, Black Lives Matter, Disabled people, etc.
How will you collaborate with others?
We will collaborate with others by asking for their understanding on bullying and working to reach out to more people. We will also encourage others to join in on our cause by volunteering, advocating for us on social media, and more!
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
By gathering community input and guidance from mentors, I will ask them to assess our work. We will also self-assess by seeing if what we're doing is helping us reach our goals.
- Plan out talks/ workshops/ events for specific age groups
- Reach out to schools/ organizations with interest in our program
- Promote program on social media
- Table at conventions
How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?
This project helped us learn more about the world around us and the differences people face. Bullying is not just one issue, its an issue that has multiple root causes and can be different depending on the person. There is not one standard definition for bullying, so learning about other people, listening to their experiences with bullying, and using this to aide our project really helped solidify our injustice.
How did your community change as a result of your project?
As a result of our project, our community has become more open and inclusive of others. Not only that, they have become more kind, compassionate, and understanding. The main goal of our project is to reduce judgement of others, and we believe we have achieved this.
How many people were impacted by your project?
Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?
Volunteers, youth involved in our assembly programs, teachers/ adults involved, etc.
How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?
We learned more about minorities discussed in the comic by asking for viewpoints of people who identified that way. For example, our main character is a non-binary person of color, and decided to do this after a member in our community, who identifies the same way, was being bullied because of their identity. So, by listening to their story and asking questions, we were able to tailor our story around their experiences.
What did your team learn?
We learned that the most important thing you can possibly do to change the world is listen. Not only listen to respond, but listen to understand.
What challenges did your team overcome?
The major challenge we overcame was engaging schools to invest into our program. This can be a big challenge because the base of our program relies on youth engagement, which initially comes from these schools inviting us to present there. We overcame this challenge by constantly persevering, reaching out for help through mentors and connections, and learning from others.
How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?
We encouraged others in designing our project by holding an initial comic book creation event in our community. During the process, we've gained mentorship for those who helped edit, brainstorm, and create other aspects of the project. After completion and implementation of the comic book, hundreds of people have been involved by joining our message by spreading the word at conventions, engaging in our youth programs, and stopping by public events.
What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?
If someone were to start a peacemaking project, my advice to them would be to utilize your support, mentors, volunteers the best you can. These are extremely helpful tools and their are plenty of people willing to help with your project.
Project Update- Comics, Mental Health, and Advocacy.Our first online comic for our monthly comic campaign! This month, were focusing on mental health for #NationalSuicidePreventionMonth.
PlanI would appreciate any feedback/ comments on my plan, thank you!
Project Steps:Step 1: Have you identified an injustice that you care about? Have you identified if the issue you care about is an injustice or an inconvenience?
Injustice: Online Bullying is a serious issue that is only growing, and is affecting the lives of people every single day.
This is a huge injustice that happens every single day and is most definitely overlooked compared to physical or verbal bullying. Since the internet is new turf and social media such as Facebook is only a decade old, this is new material we must learn more about and focus on more throughout the years.
Step 2: Do you understand the root cause of the injustice you care about? Do you have a compassionate insight that could help you solve your chosen injustice?
The root causes of online bullying include ignorance, control or power, anonymity, and revenge.
Insight: To Solve the Injustice of Kids and adults being bullied on the internet, we will address the lack of knowledge, by Speaking out in my community and educating people.
Specific: We will hold a bullying awareness day by creating community-based comic books tackling online bullying.
Measurable: We hope to bring out 100 people to our event, including writers, illustrators, editors, etc.
Attainable: We have received a $250 grant from PeaceFirst as well as support from local business such as Four Horseman Comics and Gaming and Direct Results. (Possibly West Virginia University)
Relevant: This event will promote community awareness as well as new friendships, sponsorships, and more.
Time-Bound: This event will be held on April 23rd, 2017 from 12pm-5pm. Food and drinks will be provided.
“Host a Comic-Book creation day on April 23rd with at least 50 people to raise awareness about online bullying”
Comic #2- A Comic Strip To End Bullying.October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and we wanted to create our next comic in the series something that we can all relate to- Bullying.
Bullying can be defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
At Diverse Gaming Coalition, we know no kid should feel this way. That's why Comic #2 focuses on those who do it, and the ones who receive it, but then turns it around to be a happy ending. Read the comic below:
Printing- Woo Hoo!!!!!Due to a recent donation from the Fall Out Boy Fund, Diverse Gaming Coalition will be able to print "Life on the Outside" for sale at conventions and for use for educational purposes!
With this, we already have a few plans for our comics:
-Exhibiting at Pax East 2018 in Boston, MA.
-Exhibiting at 3 Rivers Comic Con in Pittsburgh, PA
-Speaking at Summer Camps Across the Country
-Speaking at Local Libraries in Pittsburgh
Plus, MANY MORE developing advancements for our program. To learn more about this program or to buy a copy, please visit https://www.diversegaming.co/comic-book
With the support from Peace First and other partners, we're hoping to give back to these communities we're present at and give some of our resources away for FREE to those invested in our work in the form of a raffle giveaway.
We also hope to document this all through video recording to showcase our impact on the internet.
COMICS ARE PRINTED!!!It’s been a long and crazy year, but we have finally finished our project “Life On The Outside”. Pictured here is me holding a PRINTED COPY of the comic!! How crazy is that??
-Hold events to talk about bullying/ my comic (Schools, Conferences, etc.)
-Purchase video equipment from our mini-grant to create media and promote our comic
-Encourage people to purchase a comic and give feedback on our story