The goal at East High School this year is to create “upstanders” not bystanders when it comes to bullying.
A program held Friday morning at the school created an upstander culture. It’s a popular phrase used in the anti-bullying community to encourage students to speak up and stop harmful behavior.
Students from the high school learned from students from Siena College and members of AT&T about ways they can tackle cyberbullying.
“We put together a program we call the ‘up standard program’ to educate kids about what to do if they see someone being cyberbullied or bullied of they themselves have been bullied and we call it to disrupt, to report and consult,” said Kevin Hanna, AT&T. “Those are the actions the students will learn.”
A study released by AT&T shows the Rochester – Finger Lakes region has the highest cyberbullying rate in the state. It found more than one in every three students has admitted to being cyberbullied.