The Universal Silent Self Identifier for kids to let you know they need your help. When you see the V Sign call the police
“Whether it happens online or in person, bullying is one of children’s top concerns around the world. The latest data is very worrying; worldwide more than 1 in 3 students (130 million) between 13 and 15 years of age experience bullying regularly. This has dire consequences on their health, development and emotional well-being. My Office was therefore very committed to work with Member States, United Nations partners, independent national human rights institutions and civil society organizations to inform this new report, including through three global consultations which have helped shine a light on progress made since 2016 and key areas where urgent action is needed”, said SRSG Santos Pais.
The second report of the Secretary-General gives particular attention to laws and policies that have been put in place, supported by awareness raising initiatives at national level to prevent bullying, including online. Attention is also given to restorative practices that aim to repair harm and rebuild relationships while addressing accountability of those responsible. The report recognizes the critical importance of research and data to inform effective and sustainable interventions; and, above all, the importance of engaging children to learn from their experiences, and to benefit from their insights to ensure the safeguard of their rights.
“Children are key experts on bullying; they are the ones who suffer from its harmful effect, but they are also uniquely placed to inform solutions,” said Santos Pais.
“The way children treat each other at school mirrors the way adults treat each other in society. This means that crudeness, violence and slanderous language are all in effect, even in childhood.”
Kathleen, a young writer
The V Sign equips kids with an easy way to self-protect by silently identifying they need your help. A child can make the V Sign walking down the street, in a hotel lobby, airport, from a car, bus or train window, restaurant, grocery store or simply standing on the street corner.
When you see the V Sign call the police immediately.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive.
We believe when kids are given the educational tools on how to identify when someone is in trouble and knowing where to go for help is half the battle. As a member of the United Nations Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children we are committed to investing and distributing materials to help children protect themselves from all forms of violence and harm.
Our nonprofit is happy to share our stop bullying and children youth empowerment kits that advocate to end all forms of violence against children and youth.