Happy New Year! 2019 is going to be a good year, we’re sure of it! I hope you didn’t forget too much over the break, because school is back in session! We’re so excited to bring you more of our Green Dot message the next time we step onto campus.
One of the most exciting aspects of the new year is everyone’s New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s a resolution to get along better with our neighbors, to eat healthier, to visit family more, or even learn something new, we hope you take this opportunity to better your life in some way!
If you’re looking for a resolution or wanted one but couldn’t think of any, then we might have you covered! A Great New Year’s resolution might be learning more about how you can get involved in preventing violence as a Green Dot Bystander. A great place to start is learning the 3 D’s; these three bystander tools are a great way to think about getting involved ahead of time so that you’re prepared if the need arises! The first of these 3 D’s is Direct: which means that you’re going to get directly involved if violence crosses your path. Being someone that gets directly involved takes courage and a lot of guts. While being the hero might sound great on paper, it’s not always the best option. Like, what if a weapon was involved? Sometimes being a hero mean’s Delegating: the second of our 3D’s. Being someone who delegates means telling someone else so they can get involved. Being an effective delegator means knowing the right person for the job, whether it’s the sheriff, an older student, or a teacher/coach you trust. Last but not least is Distract. Distracting sounds kind of odd, but a lot of times it can really diffuse a situation and change the pace of events. Distracting effectively means inserting yourself into a potentially violent situation without drawing attention to the concerning behaviors themselves. It might be telling a funny joke, or spilling a soda at a party, or asking for a ride home when you’re worried your friend is going to get into trouble. No matter what you choose to do, what is important is that you get involved!
No matter what your Green Dot is, you can ‘save the day’ by just getting involved. Big or small anyone can become a hero, even if only for a day. So step up, speak out, even if you have to make it your New Year’s resolution!