Are you new to White Ribbon Week? No worries. It’s easier than you think.

4 Steps for Getting Started with White Ribbon Week

 

1. Talk to your principal or PTA/PTO president.

Schedule a visit and share your concern to protect and empower kids. White Ribbon Week not only protects kids from harmful media, but helps them become confident in using technology in positive ways. It’s completely age appropriate and completely fun for kids.

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2. Establish date and budget

Many states have a designated Internet Safety Month. However, you and your PTA/PTO president may choose any week that works well for your school calendar. Together, determine a budget. Funds are used to make copies, purchase optional supplemental materials for your theme, lunchtime rewards, Parent meeting/breakfast and Brain Center treats.

3. Enlist a few helpers

As part of your school registration, or “Back to School” night, encourage parents to volunteer! While some parents might feel unqualified to teach Internet Safety, you can often enlist more volunteers by saying, “Please help with our Media Literacy Week!” White Ribbon Week is all about teaching kids to evaluate media and technology and make smart choices online. Every parent is qualified. While more volunteers make it even easier, you can pull off a successful White Ribbon Week with as few as 2-3 volunteers.

4. Check the checklist

Each theme of White Ribbon Week includes a step-by-step checklist. Delegate responsibilities from the checklist to your committee and you’re on your way!

 


 

Which program should I start with?

Each program is self-contained and can be presented without a prerequisite. However, we recommend starting with “I’ve Got the Power!” because it helps students understand they are in charge of what they do with technology. It is a great foundation for all the other programs.


 

White Ribbon Week Endorsements

  • Donna Hughes, President & CEO, Enough is Enough

    American children desperately need guidance and support in knowing how to make the use of technology a vehicle for healthy connection, civility, productivity, innovation and enrichment. The White Ribbon Week curricula fulfills a critical piece of this necessary and collective effort, and empowers children to take an active and thoughtful role in their online choices and safety to become responsible digital citizens. The high-quality and engaging materials are worthy of inclusion in every school’s repertoire, and I would add any parent’s arsenal, for combating Internet pornography, online predation, cyberbullying and other risks the Internet era has brought forth into our homes, schools and public square at large.

    Donna Hughes, President & CEO, Enough is Enough
  • Jill Manning, PhD, Mental Health Practitioner & Researcher

    White Ribbon Week has created a truly impressive line-up of curricula which teach elementary school-age children skills and messages which, if internalized, will have a lasting, positive impact on how they navigate an increasingly complex and media-saturated landscape. I like how the program encourages healthy and ongoing communication about media use within families and with other trusted adults, and fosters an informed network of media mentors for children by developing connections between home, school and parent volunteers. The fact that the program is cost-effective and easy to administer gives me hope that schools across the country will be able to benefit from this innovative program. If all children could be exposed to this content, we would have a fighting chance of curbing cyberbullying and Internet addictions, and promoting positive digital citizenship.

    Jill Manning, PhD, Mental Health Practitioner & Researcher
  • Donna Hughes, President & CEO, Enough is Enough

    American children desperately need guidance and support in knowing how to make the use of technology a vehicle for healthy connection, civility, productivity, innovation and enrichment. The White Ribbon Week curricula fulfills a critical piece of this necessary and collective effort, and empowers children to take an active and thoughtful role in their online choices and safety to become responsible digital citizens. The high-quality and engaging materials are worthy of inclusion in every school’s repertoire, and I would add any parent’s arsenal, for combating Internet pornography, online predation, cyberbullying and other risks the Internet era has brought forth into our homes, schools and public square at large.

    Donna Hughes, President & CEO, Enough is Enough
  • Jill Manning, PhD, Mental Health Practitioner & Researcher

    White Ribbon Week has created a truly impressive line-up of curricula which teach elementary school-age children skills and messages which, if internalized, will have a lasting, positive impact on how they navigate an increasingly complex and media-saturated landscape. I like how the program encourages healthy and ongoing communication about media use within families and with other trusted adults, and fosters an informed network of media mentors for children by developing connections between home, school and parent volunteers. The fact that the program is cost-effective and easy to administer gives me hope that schools across the country will be able to benefit from this innovative program. If all children could be exposed to this content, we would have a fighting chance of curbing cyberbullying and Internet addictions, and promoting positive digital citizenship.

    Jill Manning, PhD, Mental Health Practitioner & Researcher