Twitter Users Are Sharing Their Adorably Awkward School Photos To Combat Bullying

"I don't know a single bully from school who is proud of how they behaved. I know plenty of kind people who are."

Bullying is an all too common problem for kids today. In the U.S., more than one out of every five students report being bullied, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Bullying can negatively impact a person's academic achievements and school participation, but it can also cause increased feelings of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Some people who are bullied have trouble sleeping or eating and lose interest in activities that used to bring them joy. Any one of these issues can last into adulthood. 

Anti-Bullying Pro, a UK-based non-profit organization dedicated to ending bullying in schools, hopes to help kids in classrooms everywhere as they make their way back to school this year. 


The organization has launched a campaign asking people to share advice on bullying, as well as their old school photos on social media using the hashtag #Back2Achool. They hope this advice and the throwback photos will show solidarity, help today's kids, and encourage them to report bullying. 

British journalist and presenter of Channel 4 News Cathy Newman helped to kick off the campaign by participating in an anti-bullying video where she shared some of her old school photos as well as her own experience with bullying and sexual harassment in school. 

"Now, I really wish I had reported it, and I don't know why I didn't," she said in the video. "I think at the time, when you're at school, you just try to laugh it off. I suppose now what I'd say is if something like that happens to you, do report it, because it's not right." 

"I think everybody has a bad day. At work. At school," she said. "Come home, have a chat about it and then try to shrug it off. Obviously, if it's more serious than that, you've got to report it. School are primed now to listen to your experiences and to take action if action is needed. If I had had an anti-bullying ambassador who I could talk to about what happened, I might have been able to handle it very differently. And the school would certainly have handled it very differently." 

On Twitter, Newman shared the video along with one of her school photos. "I've shown you mine - now show me your school pic?" she wrote. 

Many people were happy to oblige, digging up their old school photos and offering their best words of wisdom for kids today. Their responses are a reminder of how important it is to tell kids that they need to tell someone they trust if they're being bullied and remind them that the things that make them unique are worth celebrating.

Hopefully, many kids will sees these photos from kind, successful people and realize that things will get better. In addition, the campaign may inspire more parents to talk to their children about bullying and keep an eye out for its effects. For advice for dealing with bullying for young people, parents, and school staff, check out Anti-Bullying Pro's FAQs


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