NO NAME-CALLING WEEK
January 15-21, 2018
Where Did No Name-Calling Week Come from?
No Name-Calling Week was inspired by The Misfits by James Howe. The Misfits is about four best friends who are trying to survive the 7th grade despite the frequent taunts about their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation or gender expression. These four friends focus on developing a new party for their school’s student council in hopes of getting rid of name-calling. By the end of the book they gain the support of their school principal and they are able to create a No Name-Calling Day at their school.
Who Created No Name-Calling Week?
Inspired by this book, GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing created No Name-Calling Week. Today, schools around the country participate during this week in January, by organizing activities for their students that focus on reducing name-calling and bullying in schools.
What is Name-Calling?
According to dictionary.com, name-calling is the use of abusive names to belittle or humiliate another person in a political campaign, an argument, etc.
When Name-Calling is Used
Name-calling often occurs in the form of jokes. Kids as well as adults may joke with one another by creating nicknames for each other, or by calling each other names that could offend the other. Name-calling can turn into bullying if the name-calling continues and the target seems uncomfortable, hurt, or if requests to stop the behavior are ignored. Name-calling can occur almost anywhere: in schools, online, in the workplace, or in any form of relationship.
How Name-Calling Affects People
Name-calling is one of the most common strategies people use to offend others or harm them. It makes the person who is being called names feel hurt and defensive. The people being called names feel a loss of self-esteem. After the insult, they could also feel that there is no way to end the name-calling.
How to Cope When Dealing with Name-Calling: Individuals who are the target of name-calling behavior could stand up to the perpetrator, letting him or her know how it makes them feel, and asking them to stop. Another option is to remove themselves from the situation and wait for a time when they are ready to engage in a more logical or constructive discussion. Students who are targeted at school could seek help and support of an adult in their school building by reporting the name-calling incident(s) to a teacher, guidance counselor or school administration. People being name-called should realize that it is not about them, it is really about the way the other person is feeling. What that person could be feeling right now is only for the time being and that they could feel different in a few hours or days. Ending the conversation with a name-caller is okay, even if the person shows that they might not want to. It is okay to remove yourself from any situation where you feel uncomfortable or hurt.