People Are Getting Chills from this Shocking Video – The Message is Sobering
Before we delve into commentary, just watch:
This video is a sobering reminder that isolation can be devastating, particularly for high schoolers. A PSA released on Friday stated, “People who are at risk of hurting themselves or others often show signs and signals before an act of violence takes place.”
The only way to really spread the initiative for social inclusion is to get teens involved. Here are 4 powerful action steps that teenagers can learn:
1.EYE CONTACT AND A SMILE
while this may seem inconsequential, eye contact is powerful. It offers a human connection that many kids don’t otherwise get at school.
2. A KIND WORD
Look for opportunities to say hello, offer a compliment, or small talk. When someone seems rude or standoffish, they could be experiencing isolation. In this case, words are more important than ever.
3. RALLY THE TROOPS
Get your friends involved. Don’t be afraid to talk about these issues in your youth group, your family, or with friends that might be willing to share your initiative.
4. BE A ROLE MODEL
Show your peers that it’s okay to reach beyond the comfort zone. Your effort could save someone.
Start a campaign for kindness in your area and share this message:
Here’s a video to help you introduce this message to your own kids. Start your family’s campaign for kindness!!
Here are a few things that parents can do to help their children prevent social isolation (the entire article can be found at SandyHookPromise.com:
Make part of your daily dinnertime conversation a discussion about values and differences and how your kids can be the leaders in their schools by including kids that are feeling left out. Ask children to reach out and “do the right thing” when observing another child or adolescent who is alone.
Find five friends and talk with them about social isolation. Ask them to watch the “Be the One” video and visit our website for more information on how they can take action, too.
Be supportive and non-judgmental. If you suspect your child is suffering emotionally and could be experiencing isolation, don’t be afraid to talk to them about it and offer support. Review the Tips for Parentsfor help.
Be a role model of social inclusion. If your kids see you reaching out to other children and adults, they are more likely to emulate your actions.
Spread the word and share No One Eats Alone resources with others in your community! Share the video on Facebook, Twitter and other digital platforms.
The video shown above is part of a gun-violence prevention group’s campaign called Know the Signs.
“When you don’t know what to look for, it can be easy to miss signs, or dismiss them as unimportant, sometimes with tragic consequences.” SandyHookPromise.com
The Sandy Hook Promise was established to help prevent gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide and accidental discharge so that no other parent experiences the senseless, horrific loss of their child.