New Anti-Bullying Site Asks You to “Choose Kind”

Random House, the largest book publisher in the world, recently launched an anti-bullying Tumblr site called Choose Kind. It was inspired by one of Random House’s recent children’s novels, Wonder, which tells the story of a ten-year-old boy with severe facial deformities attending school for the first time. The website encourages people who have been affected by bullying to share their stories and “pledge to Choose Kind every day” (Choose Kind).

Bullying has been covered extensively in the media over the past few years, and several children’s and young adult authors have recently stepped up and covered the difficult issue in their books. Wonder was an eye-opener and an inspiration for many at Random House. Chris Gibson, president and publisher of the division that published the book, said, “The outpouring of enthusiasm from book lovers and educators moved us to the poignant message of the novel with a wider audience. I am proud to give them, and anyone around the world, the opportunity to discover the story and pledge with us to Choose Kind” (Shelf Awareness).

What does it mean to Choose Kind?

Choosing Kind can mean many things. Standing up for a kid who is being bullied; consciously deciding to say positive things instead of negative statements; talking to your kids about the dangers of bullying. Bullying isn’t just a children’s issue. We all have the power to affect the actions of the children in our lives. Whether you are an older sibling, a teacher, a parent, or a grandparent, your own attitudes and actions provide a model for children to follow. It’s never too late to Choose Kind, even if you’ve moved beyond playground drama.

Other books about bullying

There are several great books out there that discuss bullying in a way that reaches kids and helps them understand the consequences of their actions. Here are a few:

This Is What I Did by Ann Dee Ellis

The Truth About Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler

Amelia’s Bully Survival Guide by Marissa Moss

Blubber by Judy Blume

Bullyville by Francine Prose

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38 comments

Mark Vaughan
Mark Vaughanabout a year ago

I had a teacher, who when she caught someone bullying someone, made them write a 500 word theme on what they had done, why they did it, what they thought they would accomplish, and what would actually happen. She was merciless; one kid had three weeks of detention rewriting it, because when it was done, it would be well thought out, well researched, and letter perfect. I have to say, it is the most effective thing I have ever seen to turn a bully into an advocate. While it cost them time, it made them think. And that was the real point.

Christine Stewart

Bullies need to be stopped. "Choose kind" is great, but when bullies pick on kids, the schools still act like the victim is the trouble-maker for asking for help, instead of suffering in silence...

Charlene B.
Charlene B.3 years ago

I wrote a poem:

A bully used to be the kid who always picked on the weak ones
He’d get up in our faces, shake his fist & spoil all of our fun.
He would run after us at recess yelling “I am going to catch you!”
We’d run terrified & screaming, never quite knowing what to do.

Always lurking around in the shadows, looking for someone to harm
Pushing us up against our lockers & punching us in the arms.
No! Don't ever go to the school bathroom; We'd rather hold it all day
If he catches us in there alone, there would be a huge price to pay.

Fast forward to the year 2013 & a bully’s description quickly changes
Bully’s today show no mercy & quite simply, act like they are deranged.
Who in their wildest dreams would have expected this to occur?
Do we allow them to break a young child's spirit, I say to this, No Sir!

This child that they now torture has by no means had an easy road
He is shy & he is lonely & he's tired of carrying a big load.
LIFE needs to have all bullies feel the sting of every punch & ugly word
So that they may realize the agony & everything that this poor child has heard.
Maybe then they'd see the pain that they inflicted on an innocent kid
And soon would feel remorse; trying to fix every bad thing that they did.

In today's world a bully uses deadly weapons instead of words
Even growing bold enough by bringing guns to school; Absurd!
Schools should always be a safe

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Sharon R.
Sharon R.4 years ago

"Choosing Kind can mean many things. Standing up for a kid who is being bullied; consciously deciding to say positive things instead of negative statements." There are many comments on Care2 that could learn from this.

bob m.
bob m.4 years ago

Bravo

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g d c.4 years ago

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Kat Head
Katherine H.4 years ago

I think this is a great idea!

dawn walker
Dawn W.4 years ago

I'm glad that bullying is finally being taken seriously,but where the hell was everybody when it was happening to me? What took so long for everyone to wake up?

Becky Y.
Rebecca Y.4 years ago

When parents, teachers, administrators and children understand what bullying is and they all take a stand against it, maybe then bullying will stop. As a retired Family Mentor with years of experience with children and their parents, I can attest to the fact that a great many parents cannot believe their child has bullied anyone. "My child wouldn't do that!" is usually the response when a parent is notified. I actually witnessed a child doing something and let the parent know what the child had done. She asked the child and the child denied it and she believed her child! As the child left, she turned around and stuck her tongue out at me. Her mother was unaware. It was a no-win situation and sometimes, it really is a no-win. It takes drastic measures a great deal of the time to make a bully stop being a bully.