Before You Click Send

An anti-bullying poem by Jason Didner

Before you click Send think of what it will do

Before you click ‘Send’
Think of what it will do
To a kid who feels hope, fear and pain
Just like you

Whether done out of anger
Or a need to fit in
Mean postings do damage
And nobody wins

When your anger has faded
The moment is gone
That thing you put out there
Just goes on and on

This child who you target
Will feel it and then
Will get stuck in re-reading
Again and again

Other kids will be tempted
Caught up in the buzz
To share and spread out
All the damage it does

Imagine if that were
All over your phone
So you didn’t even
Feel safe in your home

Is it worth it to feel
More accepted and cool
If your way to get there
Is by acting so cruel?

Real cool comes from sharing
A positive tone
Helping others feel safe
That’s how you could be known

As a friend kids can count on
In school and online
Who doesn’t spread rumors
Who’s caring and kind

Before you click ‘Send’
Think of what it might do
For a kid who feels hope, fear and pain
Just like you

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