Next week is Kentucky Safe Schools Week. While Shelby and other counties are out for fall break during this time, perhaps we can embrace the spirit of this year's theme to stand up against cyberbullying when we return. Better yet, we can be inspired by something started at one St. Louis school and is quickly becoming a trending topic on Twitter and an Internet meme.
As often is the truth about human kindness, the act is simple yet profound. A student or staff member uses a sharpie to write a short positive message on a clothespin. The person then gives it to someone, who must "post and pass" it on: post a picture of the clothespin using social media with the hashtag #StartsWithUs before giving it to another person so the cycle can repeat. That's it. And yet, that's everything.
Here are some Tweets that capture the idea:
To St Charles Library & Beth Phillips for the social media expertise that inspired the kids to launch #StartsWithUs pic.twitter.com/twCBz3Rtsi
— Diane Stirling (@dstirling8) October 16, 2014
Students at Lafayette helped create the #startswithus campaign. Learn more: http://t.co/KLNEplG12b pic.twitter.com/h9VheftG2W
— Rockwood School Dist (@rockwoodschools) October 16, 2014
Make someone's day! If you get clipped w/ a clothespin, post a picture and pass it on! 😊 #PositivePost #StartsWithUs pic.twitter.com/nysxKQy1UfThe idea has even spread to the St. Louis Rams:
— Claudia Gallo (@Claudia_Gallo2) October 16, 2014
Clothespins are the NEW black diamond earrings & gold chains. Find out why on @FOX2now #StartsWithUs @JOEL9ONE pic.twitter.com/QU4O2OAQyUHow can we be leaders against negativity and cyberbullying? How can we fight the dark with light?
— Rampage Rams Mascot (@STLRampage) October 16, 2014
Inspired by St. Louis Ss using social media as force for good! Spread positivity online & off. #StartsWithUs pic.twitter.com/jXBGil9miU
— Adam Watson (@watsonedtech) October 16, 2014
LoadingSpread positivity online and off, speak out against cyberbullying. #StartsWithUs
You have to start somewhere. One positive pinned message at a time.
@watsonedtech THANK YOU! Please join the cause and get your pins going in Shelby County KY too! #startswithus(Note: if you are reading this on email or a mobile device, you may not be able to see the several embedded pictures above. Please visit the site to see them.)
— Stephanie Madlinger (@cyberteacher) October 16, 2014