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CMS Hosts an Upstander Day to Stop Bullying

Nov. 3, 2016

CMS Community School is a Common Sense Certified School hosted an assembly on Oct. 26, 2016, in an effort to prevent bullying on campus. Students, teachers, parents and staff members came together in unity to stand up to bullies. Additionally, CMS was fortunate to have community partners join in their efforts.

Brian Dino with Denver Public Schools Common Sense Media team, Deborah Garcia-Sandoval from G.R.E.A.T., representatives from the U.S. Attorney General’s office, and G.R.I.D. all came to show their support for the awesome work that CMS students have created.

Ian Yates teaches lessons in his class regarding cyberbullying, oversharing, digital footprints and online responsibility. With the help of Yages, students at CMS created an UPSTANDER video and promoted the event by making signs and wearing orange in support of anti-bullying month. This event caught the attention of local media outlets, and both 9News and Telemundo attended the event and conducted interviews with speakers and students. Watch the 9News story here.

At CMS, students and educators are upstanders, and are standing up to stop bullying when they see it happening. Schools are encouraged to take a community and family approach to internet safety and cyberbullying. Recently, Skinner Middle School, Swigert International School, the International Academy of Denver, Bear Valley International School and others have hosted parent programs on internet safety, which helps empower parents to properly guide their students about the online world.