As part of Bullying Prevention Month, Bitstrips for Schools is teaming up with the Cartoon Network to host a comic-based challenge on preventing bullying. The event is being called the “Stop Bullying: Speak Up Comic Challenge.” As Suzie Boss reports in a blog post over at Edutopia,
Each week during the campaign, Bitstrips will release a new comic template that sets up a different situation, such as cyberbullying or cell phone bullying. Students start by using online drawing tools to create their own avatar, which is dropped into the template as the “star” of the strip. Students then respond to the situation by finishing the comic strip with dialogue, new characters, or special effects. Different activities might cast students’ avatars in the role of bystander, victim, or even a bully who has to face the consequences.
The initiative is geared toward students in grades 3-8.