National Day Against Bullying: the acclaimed program changinig lives
You Can Sit With me – they’re five simple words which can change little lives. It’s also the name of campaign helping to combat bullying, rolled out…
How NSW schools can tackle a rise in bullying
Many parents suspect their child has experienced bullying in the playground, while others are worried their little one could be the culprit.
Let's sit together
A child cry for help, a mother’s intuition and the eastern suburbs teacher who took action
We spoke to Sophie Whitehouse-Sparks, senior educator, CEO of TutorTime and founder of YOU CAN SIT WITH ME to get some educational teach tips.
Jessica Rowe: YCSWM Ambassador
Standing up for what matters – WITH half a century of experience in the television industry between them, Peter Overton and Jessica Rowe are one of the eastern suburbs’ most recognisable couples.
But it’s the work they do off camera that makes them such an inspiration.
'You can sit with me': charity subverts Mean Girls message
Remember those yellow ‘Livestrong’ wristbands? In 2003, now-infamous cyclist Lance Armstrong created a charity to support cancer research after he developed testicular cancer, and promoted it using the silicone rubber accessories. They soon caught on as a philanthropic status symbol, and became ubiquitous. There were pink ones for breast cancer, white ones to support victims of the …
Mamamia showcases You Can Sit With Me
Mamamia recently interviewed Sophie Sparks about this wonderful initiative.
Article – Wentworth Courier – Jessica Rowe and Peter Overton
Television power couple Jessica Rowe and Peter Overton helping to tackle the growing scourge of bullying.
Kids watch wrists to show kindness
School bands together for anti-bullying campaign
School’s bid for kindness
CAMMERAY Public student Henry Corona is making a big difference at his school with a little wristband
You Can Sit With Me is a kindness campaign and anti-bullying initiative that is growing in popularity in primary schools.
Kidspot: ‘You can sit with me’: The simple idea to stop kids feeling alone at school
Two years ago, teacher Sophie Sparks started ‘You Can Sit With Me’ – an anti-bullying campaign using bright yellow wristbands to let fellow pupils know they are there for them, a strategy to make kids happier and more confident to reach out and ask for friendship. And It Is Working…
Daily Telegraph: You Can Sit With Me initiative takes off at Chipping Norton Public School
Principal Shelley Diamond said the initiative was an amazing opportunity for the kids in a small school setting. “It’s wonderful seeing the leaders who are all kind and caring and want everything to be inclusive embrace this initiative,” she said.
Taking A Stand (with wristbands)
“I know how lonely kids can get at school, so when I saw [the campaign] I thought, ‘this is just perfect’!”
Mumslounge.com.au: We need to stop the senseless loss of victims of bullying
Wentworth Courier: Campaign aims to give every student a friend
Aimed at battling childhood anxiety, depression and loneliness, the program involves yellow wristbands worn by the students to indicate they are happy to sit with someone new.
North Shore Times: Wristbands Unite Youngsters
Mosman Daily: Kindness during class is en pointe
“Even though education is moving forward, we seem to have that same problem where children feel anxious, they worry about going to school, and when they’re at school they sometimes feel isolated and that they don’t have anyone to sit with or play with.”
North Shore Mums: ‘You CAN sit with me!’ The teacher making a difference to bullying
It’s the problem that’s all too common- schoolyard bullying. But after seeing how conflict is effecting kids, teacher Sophie Sparks became determined to make a difference. She founded the anti-bullying initiative YOU CAN SIT WITH ME to support children suffering from anxiety, depression and feelings of isolation.
myGC.com.au: #YouCanSitWithMe is an anti bullying campaign set to change the culture of the schoolyard
Mamamia: Last night, thousands of kids were in their rooms quietly worrying.
Essential Kids: The new anti-bullying campaign #YouCanSitWithMe
Picture this: your child is in the school playground, feeling a bit lost and alone. Where do they go? And, more importantly, with whom do they seek company? You Can Sit With Me campaign aims to make a difference in the schoolyard.
Kambala: YOU CAN SIT WITH ME is an anti-bullying initiative and kindness campaign
“Creating connections for girls is so important in terms of preventative mental health. Friendships can be hard to navigate at times, and having a symbol for openness to non-judgemental connection could provide hope to those who are struggling. We are really excited that YOU CAN SIT WITH ME could be that symbol,” said Dr Tamara Lang (Dean of Wellbeing).