Elk Grove Unified School District

Student-Led Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign

Elk Grove Unified School District

Archives for Campaign Launch

Elk Grove Charter Students Speak Up!

Students at Elk Grove Charter School implemented their #UnfollowBullying campaign through a variety of venues. In January, Writer’s Club members Sam Dindayal, Kahlil Williams, Hope Reeves, Faith Reeves, Karina Guerrero, and Demetrious Woods presented an anti-bullying campaign that included a survey to their peers during their morning and afternoon classes. At the Elk Grove Charter Governance Committee meeting that evening, students Christina Law and Evan Tyler presented the results of the bullying survey to Board members, parents and students.

EG Charter students also produced two videos as part of their #UnfollowBullying campaign –  one showing an appropriate response and one showing an inappropriate response from bystanders when another student is bullied. The videos were shown during core classes, emphasizing the importance of students speaking up.

Video: #UnfollowBullying – What To Do 

Video: #UnfollowBullying – What Not To Do

EG Charter students were also  invited to sign the #UnfollowBullying pledge.

Art students created posters, which are now displayed  in classrooms as a reminder not to bully and to speak up against bullying.

Across the district, EGUSD students continue to send the message to their peers about cyberbullying: It’s Not Cool! As we head into the end of the school year, we warmly invite all schools to submit events, activities and lessons stemming from the #UnfollowBullying campaign.


If You See It, Stop It – #UnfollowBullying at MTHS

Students at Monterey Trail High School (MTHS) stepped up to take a stand on cyberbullying — an issue that negatively impacts students’ lives during and beyond the school day. EGUSD implemented Digital Citizenship Curriculum in grades 7-12 this school year.  With the support of their teachers, MTHS students delved into the topic of cyberbullying during their advocacy classes.

MTHS students brought these lessons to life by transferring them into their #UnfollowBullying campaign. The activities included a pledge week where students signed anti-bullying pledges and left positive messages on the school’s  pledge wall, for the entire campus to see.

Each student who pledged to stand up to cyberbullying received one of the campaign’s popular blue #UnfollowBullying wristbands.

Blue Twitter birds and horseshoes representing MTHS school colors (green and yellow) and the school’s mascot (the Mustangs) were used to showcase student messages.

If You See It, Stop It – Peace Love and Happiness – Do What You Love, Do You! were just some  examples of the positive messages displayed on the MTHS pledge wall.

MTHS is  planning a follow-up anti-cyberbullying assignment in advocacy classes and another week of pledge activities at the end of April. Our EGUSD students continue to take a stand against cyberbullying. Way to go MTHS!

Sheldon High School Students Speak Up Through Their Artwork

Sheldon High School promoted the district wide #UnfollowBullying campaign by having students pledge to do their part in preventing bullying from occurring around them. Students were given the #UnfollowBullying blue wristbands after pledging as reminders of their commitment.  Those with twitter accounts were given the opportunity to sign their Twitter names on Twitter bird cut outs. These cut outs were then displayed on a tree next to the  giant sized pledge poster.

Sheldon High School also created an official Twitter account and encouraged students to #UnfollowBullying.

Two hundred and eighty two SHS students came together to pledge to support #UnfollowBullying.

Sheldon did not stop there. They continued to weave the campaign into the classroom. Shawn Sullivan, founder of the Animation Program and animation teacher at Sheldon, encouraged his students to show support of the campaign through their artwork. The Animation and Game Design Program has grown to be one of the most popular programs at Sheldon and Shawn’s students did a brilliant job of  showcasing the blue #UnfollowBullying wristbands throughout their work.

Sheldon High school is stepping up as a community to inspire others to challenge and delete cyberbullying. Way to go Sheldon!


The Play Is the Thing at Harriet Eddy Middle School!

Harriet Eddy Middle School took #UnfollowBullying to a new level through a student-led skit.  Leadership students enacted a skit with a cyberbullying scenario. They used this reenactment to illustrate to students the right way to handle cyberbullying.

#UnfollowBullying Wall at HEMS

Students have also been writing #UnfollowBullying messages on paper Twitter birds and posting them on a large poster in exchange for one of the campaign #UnfollowBullying blue bracelets.

Below are some examples of the messages HEMS students shared on their wall:

Without bullying, the world would be a nicer place.
Don’t be mean to people!
I hate bullying!
Don’t be a bully!
Don’t doubt yourself.
Be nice to others, don’t bully!
Don’t be a bully, be a friend.

#UnfollowBullying at HEMS

Please join Harriet Eddy Middle School students and #UnfollowBullying!


#UnfollowBullying t-shirts at Florin High School

Florin High School students said no to cyberbullying on November 9, 2012, through t-shirts.  At lunchtime, in the quad, students and staff used markers to write #UnfollowBullying messages on plain white t-shirts which students brought to school.

In the cafeteria, students signed a pledge to unfollow bullying that was then placed on a giant sign hanging on the wall.

During the week of November 12, students are encouraging their classmates to purchase a Florin-specific #UnfolowBullying t-shirt created by Florin High teacher Bien Hoang.

Way to go Florin High School!


Edward Harris, Jr., Middle School students compliment #UnfollowBullying

Edward Harris, Jr., Middle School incorporated #UnfollowBullying into their school-wide anti-bullying campaign centered on the theme, “Be the Difference.” Once a month, the school has an anti-bullying focus. On November 8, 2012, that focus was on #UnfollowBulllying and compliments.

Staff and students wore the color orange, which is the school’s designated anti-bullying color. Students were encouraged to post positive comments online or to provide verbal compliments. As students enter campus they were greeted by students and staff who provided high-fives and compliments to start their day off right. In addition, throughout the day teachers greeted students at the door and allowed them 10 seconds at the beginning or end of class to give their neighbor a compliment.

“We think that oftentimes negative things are said or posted so we are trying to combat that by spreading positivity and posting positive comments,” said EHMS Activities Director Janice Escoto.

During Advocacy classes students filled out pledge cards to take a stand against cyberbullying. At lunchtime, when they turned the pledges in they were given #UnfollowBullying wristbands.

Day 2 of #UnfollowBullying Campaign – TJMS students are on a roll!

What could possibly equal the powerful message from yesterday’s #UnfollowBullying kick-off newscast from Toby Johnson Middle School students? How about today’s newscast?! Just like yesterday’s, you will want to listen to the full 10-minutes to fully appreciate the many ways TJMS students have taken charge of the campaign.

We are already looking forward to tomorrow’s show – with TJMS students wearing blue.

Decotech Systems supports #UnfollowBullying campaign

A big thank you to Decotech Systems for their support of the EGUSD #UnfollowBullying campaign.  Decotech Systems donated $250 towards the very popular campaign wristbands.  Thanks Decotech!

Photo Source: Kavante

Pleasant Grove High School students launch #UnfollowBullying campaign

Students at Pleasant Grove High School have combined #UnfollowBullying with a theme of Random Acts of Kindness. The #UnfollowBullying campaign began November 4, 2012, with a pledge drive during lunch. Students were given turquoise blue #UnfollowBullying wristbands when they signed an anti-cyberbullying pledge. They also had a pledge wall where students could sign their names.

Throughout the week, Pleasant Grove High School students will host a number of other activities. These include a kindness/anti-bullying tree that students will use to paint their hands in pledge for the spreading of kindness and against bullying. They will also be writing notes of kindness to other students and staff.


TJMS students make #UnfollowBullying newsworthy!

Toby Johnson Middle School media productions teacher Dana LaChapelle and her students invite you to take a look at today’s special TJ-TV broadcast that they created to kick off the EGUSD #UnfollowBullying campaign at their school.

Please join us in watching their broadcast. You will want to watch the entire piece to see how they’ve woven in multiple anti-cyberbullying messages throughout the broadcast.

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