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Memorandum

Date: To: From: Jan. 23, 2013 LSU Athletes Catherine Parsiola Strategy Director 211 Journalism Building 985-312-4733 TBHcampaign@gmail.com Talking Points for Athlete Video

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Note: These points are only to provide information and suggestions. Do not use these points verbatim. Your speech must be original and should focus on your personal views and experiences. STUDENTS WHO BULLY By using LSU athlete endorsements containing the harmful effects of bullying and different bullying behaviors, we will help students who bully realize that they are bullying and encourage them to cease bullying. This is what bullying and cyberbullying are. Are you engaging in these activities? Bullying Behaviors Physical bullying happens when there is hitting, kicking, punching, taking peoples belongings or other acts that hurt people physically and that happen more than one time. Physical bullying involves damaging property and intimidating someone. Verbal bullying happens when people are teased in a mean way or called hurtful names. Verbal bullying includes homophobic or racist remarks and playing pranks or nasty jokes to embarrass or humiliate someone. Indirect bullying happens when people spread mean rumors about others, when people are intentionally kept out of a group, or when mean gestures are made toward others. Indirect bullying involves starting or spreading a rumor about someone, encouraging others to exclude someone, and making a mean gesture to someone. Cyberbullying happens when people are teased, taunted or threatened through the use of email, cell phone, text messaging, instant messaging or any other internet use, including Facebook and Twitter. Cyberbullying includes participating in TBH or TBBH on Facebook and harassing someone via text messages. These are the short- and long-term effects bullying has on victims and bullies. Are you okay with causing these harmful effects? Do you think these are worth it?

Effects of Bullying Bullying victims have lower self-esteem and arent as happy as other students. They experience anger and stress as a result of being bullied. They can suffer from anxiety and depression, and they miss school more often because theyre afraid of the school environment. They often suffer physical pain, such as headaches and stomachaches, too. They feel lonely and rejected when they are bullied. Their suffering sometimes causes them to hurt themselves or others. Some of the effects on victims last until they are adults, such as depression and anxiety, and they can even lead victims to commit suicide. Bullies also experience negative consequences from their behaviors. Bullies are more likely to be involved with dangerous, addictive substances like drugs and alcohol, and they are more likely to be arrested later in life. Some bullies have more depression and thoughts of suicide than victims. VICTIMS By using LSU athlete endorsements containing information about how to prevent bullying, we will educate and encourage victims to stand up for themselves. These are the prevention strategies you can use to get bullies to stop bullying you. How to Prevent Bullying Be assertive in the face of bullying in your words, facial expressions, tone of voice and posture. Be confident in yourself and your ability to stand up to this bully. Stand tall and keep eye contact, but keep a neutral expression as you calmly and briefly reply with a clear voice. Dont be threatening or unkind in your response. Tell the bully to stop, and try to get away from the bullying situation as soon as possible. Dont get angry in front of the bully; becoming violent can cause more harm for everyone involved. Choose to hang out with other students when you can, and think about asking a friend to buddy up with you if you need to go somewhere where there arent many other people. Adults can often help solve big problems like bullying; tell an adult if you are being bullied. Older siblings or family friends can also sometimes help think of ideas to deal with a bully. Tell a joke or create a distraction to shift the attention away from the bullying action. Find ways to get involved at school and meet new people who arent bullies. By using LSU athlete endorsements containing supportive messages for victims, we will encourage victims to stand up for themselves.

Supportive Messages for Victims You should stand up for yourself. You havent done anything wrong to cause this, and you dont deserve to be bullied. Youre not alone. BYSTANDERS By using LSU athlete endorsements containing supportive messages for bystanders, we will encourage them to stand up for victims. Heres what you can do to stand up to bullies and help victims. Supportive messages for bystanders 1. Set a good example and dont bully others. 2. Dont be an audience for bullying; ignore bullies or tell them what theyre doing isnt cool. 3. Help the victim get away by creating a distraction or inviting the victim to do something else. 4. Be nice and show them theyre not alone. 5. Tell an adult so further action can be taken. 6. Dont join in with the bullies. 7. Stand up to the bully directly to stop the behavior. 8. Dont pass along rumors- these are a form of verbal bullying. You should take action. Standing by and tolerating these behaviors allows them to continue and lets more victims get hurt. These are the harmful consequences that bullies can cause if you dont help. Effects of bullying Bullying victims have lower self-esteem and arent as happy as other students. They experience anger and stress as a result of being bullied. They can suffer from anxiety and depression, and they miss school more often because theyre afraid of the school environment. They often suffer physical pain, such as headaches and stomachaches, too. They feel lonely and rejected when they are bullied. Their suffering sometimes causes them to hurt themselves or others. Some of the effects on victims last until they are adults, such as depression and anxiety, and they can even lead victims to commit suicide. Bullies also experience negative consequences from their behaviors. Bullies are more likely to be involved with dangerous, addictive substances like drugs and alcohol, and they are more likely to be arrested later in life. Some bullies have more depression and thoughts of suicide than victims.

General Opening Statements Hi, Im ________________________________ from LSU _____________________________, and Im here to tell you that/you should know that/I think that _______________________. What do you stand for? Do you stand for _____________________________? This is bullying, and its wrong. Im __________________________ from LSU ___________________________, and Im here to tell you that/you should know that/I think that ___________________________________________. Do you know what TBH is? You might have seen it played as a game on Facebook, but Im_____________________________ from LSU ______________________, here to tell you that it can also be a form of bullying. Hi, Im ____________________ from LSU ___________________ , and Im here to tell you that bullying isnt cool. Bullying can cause tons of harmful effects on victims, such as ______________________________________________. Are you having trouble with a bully at school? Im _______________________ from LSU _________________________, and Im you should know that you dont have to let bullies get to you. When a bully is teasing you, try _____________________. Do you ever see ____________ happening at school? These behaviors all count as bullying, and theyre wrong. Im__________________________ from LSU ________________, and Im here to tell you that you can and should stand up to bullies. Some things you can do to stop bullies and help victims are ________________________________. General Closing Statements I stand for ______________________________To be honest, what do you stand for? All count as cyberbullying, and you should know that these behaviors can be just as hurtful as traditional bullying like punching and kicking. If you think you might be bullying online, you should look at your activity online and stop bullying. I dont stand for cyberbullying, and you shouldnt, either. I stand for_____________. To be honest, what do you stand for? Dont stand on the side of all these terrible effects. Dont bully. I stand for_______________________. To be honest, what do you stand for? Remember, you dont deserve to be bullied, and you havent done anything wrong. I stand for_____________. To be honest, what do you stand for? Next time you see a bully in action, try one of these tips. Standing by and tolerating these behaviors lets bullies continue and lets more victims get hurt. I stand for________________________. To be honest, what do you stand for?