A Virtual March to Stop Bullying Worldwide

January 10, 2012 -

On February 2 a virtual army will descend on the United Nations headquarters to protest against bullying. The protest will be virtual - in other words, no one is actually going to the real headquarters of the UN in New York. The protest is being put together by the U.K. not-for-profit group Beatbullying.org and will take place online February 2 using cute and adorable avatars.

Richard Piggin, deputy CEO of the group, recently sat down with Fast Company to explain why they are doing their protesting in the virtual world as opposed to the real world.

"It's a march for the 21st century," said Piggin. "If you're 6 years old, you can join. If you're 80 years old, you can join. If you're in India, you can make your presence felt. It doesn't matter where you are. This captures the imagination of a lot of people."

Piggin says that he expects close to two million protestors to create virtual avatars and protest banners, and take part in the event around the world thanks to partnerships with Facebook and 100 other websites. When asked what they are looking for from the UN, Piggin said:

"Last year, we held a virtual march in the U.K., and we presented a petition with our requests to the deputy prime minister. As a result, our CyberMentors program is now funded by the government. This year, on a global stage, we're asking to include the term 'bullying' in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It would then explicitly state that every child has the right to be safe from bullying. If ratified, all countries are obliged to take action. It will be a unified message that bullying is fundamentally unacceptable."

You can read the entire article here. If you would like to be one of those protestors, you can visit Beatbullying.org for more information.

Source: Fast Company, Image Credit: beatbullying.org.


Comments

Re: A Virtual March to Stop Bullying Worldwide

Some these attempts fight bullying especially "cyber bullying" often end up criminalizing being jerk or saying anything that might upset someone else, a real problem if you like free speech. 

Re: A Virtual March to Stop Bullying Worldwide

$5 say that this will get raided and the backlash from the raid will further their cause.

Re: A Virtual March to Stop Bullying Worldwide

I see they don't consider bullying to be a problem in Canada.  I guess that makes sense, since we've more or less eliminated the problem by giving each bully a pair of skates and elbow pads.

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Re: A Virtual March to Stop Bullying Worldwide

Québec has been taken by anti-bully messages and action for the last few months following a couple of bullying stories, one of which at least ended in the death of the kid. So I don't know about the rest of Canada, but we're not safe from this yet...

Re: A Virtual March to Stop Bullying Worldwide

I haven't had time to research the organization behind this event, but lately anti-bully efforts have resulted in pretty much legalizing the bullying of homosexual, atheist, and other types of  youths.  This is all thanks to Christians sneaking in provisions that make bullying OK if it's done for religious reasons.  

Since this has happened repeatedly in the recent past, I am skeptical of any new anti-bullying effort that comes around.  

Re: A Virtual March to Stop Bullying Worldwide

Pretty sure those, parents, snuck that in because they've been teaching their kids that that is ok and they knew their kids would get in trouble.

 
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