DECA and AT&T encourage you to Stop the Hate and Spread the Love through the Later Haters Challenge
Did you know that 1 in 5 teens have admitted that they have cyberbullied others?¹ And, 9 in 10 teens who have been cyberbullied also report being bullied offline?²
Given the prevalence of cyberbullying in today’s society, DECA has teamed up with AT&T to empower teens to rise above online negativity through the Later Haters Challenge. AT&T’s Later Haters raises awareness and promotes positive behavior change through empowering, informing, and encouraging teens. It highlights ways that teens can outshine their online haters, walk away from negativity and ask others to join them in that process.
Together, DECA and AT&T have created two separate challenges intended to promote and amplify the Later Haters movement.
AT&T Later Haters Challenge
This challenge consists of four distinct tasks designed to raise awareness and prevent cyberbullying in participants’ respective schools and communities. These tasks include:
- completing an online lesson on Digital Drama, created by Common Sense Media
- taking an online pledge via the Later Haters website
- creating a public service announcement (PSA)
- executing a Later Haters promotional event
Students may access the Student Toolkit which provides statistics, inspiration, as well as helpful background information to begin the challenge. Using the Student Toolkit and the guidelines, DECA teams (which can consist of one to three members) are encouraged to take part in the challenge to further promote the Later Haters message. Students who partake in the AT&T Later Haters Challenge and submit their entry will be considered for an ICDC travel stipend.
Challenge submission deadline: January 31, 2020
Top three teams announced: March 6, 2020
Chartered Association Challenge
This challenge is designed to drive awareness and prevent cyberbullying. The message is simple: take the pledge to stop the hate and spread the love. DECA members have the opportunity to help their chartered associations receive recognition at ICDC by obtaining the highest pledge count within their group designation (based on membership size). Members may collect pledges from friends, fellow students, parents, and other community members. Pledges will be recorded and credited toward the designated chartered association until March 27, 2020.
Highest pledge counts from chartered associations will be announced at ICDC: April 29, 2020
A Facilitator’s Toolkit to accompany the Later Haters Lesson will also be made available to teachers and advisors in upcoming internal communication. Make sure to be on the lookout for it!