The Bully Text
Send the bully texting game to your friends
High School students say they are victims of bullying. A lot of the time we don’t know how we can help...
Send five of your friends The Bully Text to show them their role in bullying. They’ll play a text messaging game that will show them how they can be bully, bullied, or someone who takes a stand.
YOU CAN PLAY TOO!
When you enter your number, you can play the game too. Fill out the form above to get started.
At your locker you see people looking at their phones and whispering. You notice you have a text. Curious? Open it or ignore it.
It says "Nicole got wit the whole football team this summer. Bet she's knocked up." Your friend asks what you're looking @. Do you show him or delete it?
11 Facts About Bullying
- 56% of students have personally felt some sort of bullying at school. Between 4th and 8th grade in particular, 90% of students are victims of bullying.
- The most common reason cited for being harassed is a student's appearance or body size. 2 out of 5 teens feel that they are bullied because of the way that they look.
- 9 out of 10 LGBT youth reported being verbally harassed at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
- 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% percent of the time.
- A victim of bullying is twice as likely to take his or her own life compared to someone who is not a victim.
- One out of 10 students drop out of school because they are bullied.
- Physical bullying peak in middle school and declines in high school. Verbal abuse rates remain constant from elementary to high school.
- Researchers feel that bullying should not be treated as part of growing up (with the attitude “kids will be kids").
- 41% of principals say they have programs designed to create a safe environment for LGBT students, but only 1/3 of principals say that LGBT students would feel safe at their school.
- 57% of students who experience harassment in school never report the incident to the school. 10% of those who do not report stay quiet because they do not believe that teachers or staff can do anything. As a result, more than a quarter of students feel that school is an unsafe place to be.
- Schools with easily understood rules of conduct, smaller class sizes and fair discipline practices report less violence than those without such features.
Be Their Friend
If you see someone being bullied, reach out to them. Invite them to hang out, sit with them at lunch, or just ask them how they’re doing and listen to them.
Tell An Adult You Trust
If you see someone being bullied, talk to an adult about it - a teacher, the principal, guidance counselor, nurse, etc.
Help Them Get Out
of the Situation
If you feel safe, you can help give the bullied a way out by saying “hey man, we’re going to be late for class” or some similar statement. Or, you can create a distraction - bullying will often stop if the attention shifts else. Just remember to never put yourself in a dangerous situation.
If someone says something you don’t think is cool and you feel safe, say something to them. It’s not about starting a fight - it’s just telling them you don’t think what they’re doing is right.
What is The Bully Text?
The Bully Text is a text messaging game set during an imaginary first day of school. We’ll text you a situation and give you options on what you can do. You text us back an answer and the choice puts you down a specific path. Each path has a unique ending, based on the decisions you made. The game is meant to put people in common bullying situations to show different ways to react and the realistic consequences of those decisions. Check out an example here.
How long is the experience?
As long as you want. You can stop the experience at any time, simply by not responding to any text messages. If you try to do all the different paths in the game, it’ll probably be about 10 minutes long.
How many text messages do you get?
It depends on how many times you play the game, or how long you play it. The game is an experience, so there will be a lot of back and forth.
How does it work?
You’ll get a text with a situation, then there will be words in ALLCAPS like that. You text us the ALLCAPS word that you decide. For example, a text could say “Do you go to GYM or SKIPCLASS.” If you text us GYM, you’d go down the gym story path. If you text us SKIPCLASS you’d go down that path.
Do I have to pay for the texts?
Your standard messaging and data rates apply. We never ask you for money - all of the texts you get from us we do not ask you to pay for. However, if your plan charges you for texts that you receive or send, then those rates would still apply.
Email Alyssa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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