Cinematic monsters may terrify us for an hour or two on screen, but some children and adults have to deal with real monsters on a daily basis in the form of bullies, and that terror can last a lifetime. In the world of social media and other digital platforms, bullying has become an even bigger problem than ever before; it is easy to be a monster and pick on someone when you’re guarded by a screen and an anonymous profile. The horror community is taking a proactive approach to teaching kids to be kind through the bullying prevention program, Don’t Be A Monster.
Don’t Be A Monster is a national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit founded in Denver, Colorado in 2013 by haunt industry leaders looking to make a difference in their community.
The program may have started as a way to make a difference in one community, but it has spread across the nation. Through the fall season, they offer Halloween-themed bullying prevention presentations to schools all over the country with their mascot, Frank. Frank represents the quirks that make us all different and he has brought the message of kindness and understanding to more than 1,000 schools.
Their program is highly-effective with 98.14% of schools surveyed pot-presentation having found the material to be beneficial and memorable for their students.
To learn more about the program and its mission, check out the Don’t Be A Monster Facebook Page. If you would like to donate, get involved or book Frank and the Don’t Be A Monster team for your school, visit dontbeamonster.org. #BeKind