The reason we call our programs Positive Peer Communication, is because our approach is to teach the skills we want young people and adults to build for respectful self-advocacy, boundary setting, and effectively getting help. These skills do help to prevent bullying and harassment — and even more importantly: they are the same skills that help everyone to build positive, healthy relationships and a culture of safety and respect in their families, schools, communities, and workplaces.
The Tyler Clementi Foundation’s #Day1 Campaign encourages leaders of schools, organizations, businesses, and other groups to state clearly on the first day that cruel behavior for any reason is not acceptable and what to do if it happens.
Because October is Bullying Prevention Month, I want to remind you about some of our recommended books and resources in our free online Library including a video by teens for teens, podcasts to discuss with young people, and articles for adults.
We encourage everyone in a leadership position to read and learn from this report and for the NFL to follow through with meaningful consequences for each person who participated in this unethical behavior either directly or by not taking responsibility to make it stop.
Here are the steps that other young people have found to be important in healing, learning, and growing from this kind of experience.