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Words Matter (VIDEO)

Words Matter (VIDEO)

 

We all know that bullying in schools has become a national problem. We also know that how we choose to talk to one another, the words we say and the words we don’t say, can have an enormous impact on how we feel. Yet often what we’re surrounded by, and what we may even be saying ourselves, are words of judgement and hostility.

The Words Campaign, created by by Nathan Strange and Andrea Vega, says that we can all take responsibility for putting an end to bullying by recognizing that the words we choose in our daily lives have an impact.

Adults like political leaders are frequently using language that we would regard as hurtful and bullying in other contexts, yet they get away with it because society is saturated with criticism and hostility. This kind of rhetoric is not only expected, it is often encouraged. How can we tackle bullying, then, if it is endemic to our society?

The Words Campaign suggests the only way to combat this is to make a stand on a personal level and to take responsibility for teaching children by setting an example ourselves.

It starts with the individual. It can start with you, right now, and how you will choose to speak throughout the day in your school, your workplace, your friendships, and your family interactions.

The campaign asks that you be mindful as you share your day so that you can begin to embody the change that you would like to see in the world: that you promote happiness and compassion by speaking happiness and compassion.

It’s hoped that by doing this, we can begin to change things a little at a time and set an example for how we want our children to behave.

It also may serve to make it clear to the politicians and other authority figures that claim to be speaking for us but use such hateful and hostile words, that those voices they are using to support their interests are not ours, and that their divisive rhetoric is not what we choose for our society.

Watch the PSA below:

To find out more about the Words Campaign, please click here.

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10:20PM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

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1:32PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

Yes, we need to stop bully before we lose so many young people. One word can stop it.

5:55AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Taking on words that empower rather than destroy---great idea.

12:14PM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

thanks.

12:07PM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

thanks for sharing

6:34AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

A thank you to Janice S. for the green star and your gentle comment!

4:06AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

Words definately can have such a strong impact. I wish more people would see these ads. I want to mention too that it isn't all bullying from a child to child point of view. Stop and think how devastating it is for a child to hear that they are 'worthless', never will make anything of themselves, and then of course there are the words , stupid, lazy, retarded. Now think if those words were coming from that childs parents. Everytime I hear someone say things like that to a child of theirs I would like to slap them and make them listen to what they are saying and think of the damage done. It's true that once it has been spoken it can't be called back.

1:54AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

Bullying is an inside job, cannot be routed out unless there is educational understanding of consequences and willingness to change. Continued use as a weapon of strength on the weak prevails in our society because, for whatever reason, it establishes some sort of needed validation of oneself.

In my opinion, the media and politics, among others, also use words ... interchangeably ... to allow acceptance and inclusion into the "norm" much badness and have helped expand the current tangle we're in ... love/sex (not the same), rape/incest abortions/inconvenient pregnancies (not the same). etc.

11:49PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

You have just discovered this fact that words matter?

11:01PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

I hope this campaign is very successful. It is true that we should all try harder to be more compassionate and less judgmental of others. It is a bad habit to express ourselves with negative words and not enough positive words.

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