Mobile surveillance equipment supplier Seon launched a School Bus Driver Facebook Photo Contest dedicated to those bus drivers who take safety seriously and actively combat bullying. The deadline for bus drivers to submit their photo and personal story is May 30.
Seon officials said they created the new contest to raise awareness about how important school bus drivers are and to show support for their efforts to stop bullying on the school bus. The company also aims to raise awareness about the pervasive problem of bullying in all of its forms.
It is highlighting these drivers who go the extra mile in a special photo album on its Facebook page, sharing their stories so that they might inspire other school bus drivers.
Mary Spinks of Madison Plain Schools in London, Ohio, summed up her approach in a post, saying, “I will not tolerate bullying on my bus. If I hear it or see it, I immediately put a stop to it. I love kids, I try to teach them respect and manners. I've been driving 22 years for Madison Plains Schools and I take my job very seriously.”
Roger Dempsey, who is in his 25th year of transporting students with special needs bus for the Logan County Board of Education in West Virginia, said bullying prevention begins with establishing a relationship with students so they feel comfortable and safe on his bus.
“If they have a problem of any kind, they can come to me and let me know and the situation will be taken care of immediately, being mindful of changes in their behavior,” he wrote. “The cameras on the bus have probably been one of the best things to combat bullying. They allow bus drivers to see and hear possible bullying, and they have probably stopped a lot of (it)...”
At the Perth Amboy Board of Education in New Jersey, school bus drivers recognize their buses are a continuation of the whole school experience and the PAPS drivers are committed to the mission of promoting safety and buses free of bullying behavior.
“We tell our students that we the drivers of PAPS have zero tolerance for any type of bullying behaviors whether be verbal, physical, cyber or any possible way and that any bullying behaviors will be reported immediately,” said the PAPS drivers, who took a “selfie” to show how much they learn from their students as well (pictured above).
Seon has been promoting anti-bullying programs for the past six months, announcing last fall it would donate $25,000 of revenues from video camera sales made between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 to assist nationwide anti-bullying awareness campaigns. Three months ago, the company named Mayson Bac, 11, the winner of its inaugural Anti-Bullying Coloring Contest with the theme “Bullies Aren't Cool.” The middle school student from North Thurston School District in Lacey, Wash., was one of 1,300 participants from across the U.S. and Canada.