A REVOLUTION FROM YOUR PHONE
Social Media is a powerful way to raise awareness for Spread the Word. It allows people to engage in conversations that help change attitudes and drive people to pledge to take their own action for inclusion at www.spreadtheword.global. Here are some ideas for using social media channels to start discussions about inclusion:
- Like and follow the Spread the Word >> Inclusion Page
- Re-share articles, videos, and events and your own narrative on inclusion. Contribute to positive discussions in the comments.
- Post on your own page inviting friends to take the #pledgetoinclude.
- Share your own story of inclusion with photos from Special Olympics or Best Buddies events.
- Follow @PledgeToInclude @SpecialOlympics and @BestBuddies
- Retweet posts to your own page. Include your own words.
- Use #PledgeToInclude when talking about the Spread the Word Campaign or how you are working to make you community more inclusive
- Tag friends and community leaders and challenge them to take the Pledge.
- Follow @PledgeToInclude
- Join discussions in the comments or share posts to your own page or story.
- Post photos or videos from school, Best Buddies, or Special Olympics events and talk about why inclusion is important to you.
- Be sure to tag our account and use #PledgeToInclude.
BLOGS, TIKTOK, AND MORE
- These channels can be powerful storytelling tools. There are conversations taking place every day about inclusion, people with intellectual disabilities, sports, or friendship.
- Find a topic you care about and share your perspective. Engage online communities and spread the word about inclusion.
- Keep interactions respectful and moving forward by always encouraging people to join in taking the pledge to include.
USE OUR SOCIAL MEDIA TEMPLATES TO HELP SHARE YOUR STORY
SAMPLE TEXT FOR ANY PLATFORM
- “I just took the #pledgetoinclude to make the world a more accepting and inclusive place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I hope you will pledge too! www.spreadtheword.global”
- “Be a Fan of Inclusion. Help create opportunities for inclusive activities in our school and take the #PledgetoInclude [@tag clubs at your school]”
- “I pledge #friendship through my words and actions. Will you [@tag your friends]? Pledge now at www.spreadtheword.global to create communities of respect for people with intellectual disabilities and #PledgetoInclude”
ONLINE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING
TIPS FOR RESPONDING TO HURTFUL COMMENTS ONLINE:
- It is important to keep yourself safe. If you feel like you need to, hide negative accounts from your feed.
- If you see bullying or negative comments online, respond with positivity and information. Lead with compassion and kindness. Arm yourself with your honest feelings. Try to foster understanding.
- Use those comments as an opportunity to engage the person in conversation. Prepare a few lines of text expressing why inclusive words and actions matter to you. Have it ready to engage in positive conversation. We cannot effect change without confronting the attitudes we hope to change.
- Most people will respond to this positively. Those who don’t, brush it off! It's likely they’ve heard your message and it sticks with them – maybe they will pledge to include next year! You know why you care about inclusion, so keep going.
RESOURCES FOR ONLINE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING
YEAR-ROUND ACTIVATION IDEAS
Awareness days, holidays, and special times of year can be a great opportunity for activations at your school. Use the times to focus on specific areas of inclusion and to work together with your whole school community.
STUDENT TOOLKIT VIDEO GUIDE
Will and Alex, the organizers of last year's event at Yorktown High School, share their tips and tricks for getting the most out of the resources in this toolkit!