Call It When You See It
It’s easy to look the other way when kids are being bullied, but no more! Bullying is a problem we can’t ignore and it’s hurting our kids. That’s why Children’s Mercy and Sporting KC are teaming up to put a stop to bullying with Red Card.
Take the Pledge
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both those who are bullied and who bully others may have serious lasting problems.
Team up to stop bullying
Nearly 25% of students in the Kansas City area reported being bullied in the past year; and almost 12% had been cyberbullied.
In soccer, the red card indicates a serious offense, and the player is removed from the game. Red Card encourages kids and adults to speak up against bullying and, “Call it when you see it!”
I am a Kid
You have the power to stand up to bullying!
I am a Teacher
You can teach kids what bullying is, and how to stop it.
I am a Coach
You can create an environment where bullying is unacceptable.
I am a Parent
You can model kindness and empathy to prevent bullying.
Being bullied, or constantly picked on doesn’t feel good. It can feel isolating, lonely, confusing and awful. Unfortunately, kids all around Kansas City have experienced bullying and cyberbullying. But, they aren’t alone. Sporting Kansas City players recently sat down with Nate Bukaty, the television and radio play-by- play voice of Sporting KC, and a few local students to talk about bullying and how they too, have experienced bullying and how they overcame it.
According to Banneker Elementary School Counselor Monique Young, conflicts and cyberbullying had become disruptive in many classrooms, threatening the learning environment. Banneker had not implemented an anti-bullying campaign because many other programs didn’t seem to be culturally appropriate for the school’s inner-city student population and didn’t reflect students’ experiences.
Though classes became virtual in March 2020, bullying did not stop. When the Fall 2020 semester began, Monique recognized the need for an anti-bullying campaign still existed and connected with Red Card to implement the campaign.
“But we’re all different,” Lexi said. “That’s what makes us who we are.”