From Vestal Central School District:
Binghamton University athletes have been demonstrating winning behavior off the field and online to fifth-grade students at Vestal Hills Elementary with a "No Bystander" program to combat cyberbullying. They came to Vestal Hills on November 5 and will return 9 - 10:30 a.m. on November 7 to continue to present information on cyber-bullying resistance training.
Role models in more than athletics, the Binghamton University students are doing a large-group presentation, then working with the fifth-graders in small groups. The program employs three key principles that impact the development of students - courage, emerging leadership and virtues in action. The goals of No Bystanders are:
- To create a principles-based cyber-bullying program, promoting positive youth development for fifth- and sixth-grade students.
- Promote the student as a leader within the community.
- Develop a relationship of trust among the student body.
- Create an environment of positive peer pressure through courage, empathy, leadership and humility by emphasizing Virtues in Action.
- Increase the principles and awareness of what cyber-bullying is and how it affects people within our society as a whole.
- Establish an efficient process to combat cyber-bullying.
- Provide students with the necessary resources to combat cyber-bullying.
- Create empathy in students so bystanders speak out against cyber-bullying.
- Remove the false sense of power felt in cyberspace.
No Bystanders is a student leadership program that is evidence-based and was researched and developed by the State University of New York Youth Sports Institute located at SUNY Cortland.