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What is White Ribbon Week (White Ribbon Against Pornography, or WRAP)?

White Ribbon week's purpose is to increase public awareness of the harm done by exposure to pornography.

In Utah, white ribbon week will be during the months of February or March, so as not to conflict with Green Ribbon week, Red Ribbon week, and Family Week.

White Ribbon Week began in 1987 when Norma Norris head a sermon delivered against pornography delivered by her pastor in Butler, PA. Soon after, she conceived the idea of a simple white ribbom as a symbol of decency.

    Recommended Time: February or March 2006

    Format: Patterned after Red Ribbon Week

    Purpose: To increase awareness of parents and students about the following facts:

    1. Many parents and children/teens are not aware of the quickness of pornography addiction, the ease of acquiring inappropriate pictures or sexual information, etc.
    2. Inappropriate images can't be erased from the mind and they influence actions. Children/teens need to abandon the "everybody's seeing these things" mindset and be responsible for what goes into their minds.
    3. Sexual addiction can occur within a week and easily within three months for many people.
    4. Entry into pornography addiction can be inappropriate swimsuit or lingerie images.
    5. "Crash and Tell" and other Internet safety ideas can protect children. Knowledge gives parents and children/teens the wisdom they need in today's world.

    Overall Plan: Provide suggestions and information for parents and for the White Ribbon Week at elementary schools, junior high schools and high schools.

How can I (or my school) celebrate White Ribbon Week?

Here are some suggestions:

Elementary Schools:

  • Magician show: Brad Barton, 801-791-9017, brad@bradbartonspeaks.com, BradBartonSpeaks.com; Brad's research-based programs equip youth to make positive choices. Brad will use his magic tricks to demonstrate how pornography is not "the real thing" -- you have to be in charge of what you allow in your head.
  • Brite Music has a tape and music, "Protect Their Minds." The Sing-Along Activity Book has pictures that, with permission, could be duplicated and colored. Call 1-800-458-2748
  • Assembly: Utilize the object lesson ideas found in "Guarding What Goes Into Our Children's Minds"
  • Distribute the "Crash and Tell" Sheet
  • Have a coloring contest. Download our White Ribbon Week coloring page.
  • Take Safety information to parents i.e. "Don't talk to strangers" - tie into Internet safety
  • Borrow grocery shopping bags. Guide children to decorate them or label them "PORN NO", "KEEP MINDS CLEAN" or appropriate pictures. Return the bags to the grocery store to use as they bag groceries.
  • Send "Prevention Plan: A Parent's Guide" home.
  • Send "20 Internet Safety Tips" home.
  • Display posters in classrooms, or send copies home to parents.
  • Sponsor a speaker to give parents needed information, or show the video, "Protecting Your Family in Today's World."
  • An Additional source is the book, To Strengthen the Family by Joann Hamilton.
  • Adapt ideas below for younger children.

Get the White Ribbon Against Pornography - Elementary School Ideas in PDF

Get the NEW White Ribbon Ideas Document in PDF - contains 17 pages of coloring sheets and posters, 8MB

Junior High and High Schools:

  • Have something the students can do each day of the week, i.e.
    • Have a headband day (white head bands) "Band against Pornography"
    • Tie day (everyone wears weird ties) - Don't let bad pictures tie you up.
    • Sock porn - (Students wear mismatched socks) - "Sock" (hit) pornography.
    • Sneakers day - Don't let porn sneak up on you.
    • Bandaids - Cover those things that will hurt you.
    • Caution Headbands - wear headbands with yellow caution signs on them
    • Airhead Candy - "Don't be an airhead - Stay away from porn"
    • On Garbage cans put signs: "We CAN keep our minds clean" or the "Garbage In-Garbage Out" sign.
    • Yell competition at lunchtime.
  • Magician show: Brad Barton, 801-791-9017, brad@bradbartonspeaks.com, BradBartonSpeaks.com; Brad's research-based programs equip youth to make positive choices. Brad will use his magic tricks to demonstrate how pornography is not "the real thing" -- you have to be in charge of what you allow in your head.
  • Send home the flyer, "Who Will Speak for the Children."
  • Paper Bag decoration - Return the paper bags to the store. Theme: "Keeping our community clean."
  • Create a puzzle out of poster board: "We each need to do our part in keeping our Community clean."
  • Have a "White Ribbon School of the Year"
  • "Crash & Tell" - Tailgate party - crash the car White Ribbon Run for Fun.
  • Have a White Ribbon Run for Fun
  • "Slam Dunk - Don't look at that junk." Basketball contest at a game.
  • Work with businesses - give customers wearing white ribbons a soda or discount.
  • Poster contest: "Take flight - Remember white"
  • Utilize health classes to get out information from the book To Strengthen the Family by JoAnn Hamilton
  • Use the video for parents: "Protecting Our Children in Today's World".
  • Take the "Did You Know" sheet to every student in every homeroom class. At lunch sign a poster as a pledge to stay away from pornography.
  • Have a question and answer session about pornography at the cafeteria during lunch.
  • Send "Prevention Plan: A Parent's Guide" home.
  • Send "20 Internet Safety Tips" home.
  • Display posters in classrooms, or send copies home to parents.
  • Hold an informative assembly. Possible speakers: Kevin Card (home: 801-756-5711) or Bruce Bushnell (home: 801-224-6264) or at work for both of them: 801-785-8704. They are high school counselors and have an appropriate power point presentation.
  • Participate in the the Stand For Decency March on President's Day. See StandForDecency.org.
  • Sources of Information: StrengthenTheFamily.net, UnitedFamilies.org under Protecting Our Children, and Clipper Today under Columns, A Minute for Parents, JoAnn Hamilton.

(Get the White Ribbon Against Pornography - Junior High and High School Ideas in PDF)

Get the NEW White Ribbon Ideas Document in PDF - contains 17 pages of coloring sheets and posters, 8MB

Submitted by: Citizens for Families - Coalition for Community Standards

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