What is SEATBELT?
For the majority of U.S. drivers, fastening a seat belt when they get into a car is an automatic behavior. Although seat belts don’t protect drivers or passengers from all injuries or harm, buckling a seat belt has been shown to significantly reduce this risk.
When children and teenagers feel safe and supported in their homes, schools, and communities, they are significantly less likely to experience bullying.
Too often, we think about bullying only after it has happened. Parents may not talk to their children about bullying until they are already involved. Schools often will institute an “anti-bullying” policy, but may not take the critical steps needed to make that policy work. Just like a seat belt, a policy cannot work if it just hangs there – it needs to be engaged.
The mission of RFK Project SEATBELT is to create the conditions at home, at school, and in the community so that treating EVERYONE with respect becomes the norm – in other words, universal respect becomes as automatic as fastening a seat belt.