Young Island girl spreads kindness with positive Post-It notes

Jim Day
Published on March 21, 2016

Roisin Mullen, a Mount Stewart Consolidated student, continues to make her mark with POSTit Positive, an initiative she started almost three years ago to encourage students to write positive messages to each other on Post-it notes.


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Roisin Mullen is sticking with positive messages — literally.

Many others are sticking with the young girl's initiative called POSTit Positive, a campaign that encourages children to write caring messages to each other on sticky notes.

The idea was born after a then seven-year-old Roisin tagged along with her mother, Heather, on Nov. 9, 2013, as Heather attended the International Stop Cyberbullying Summit in Charlottetown as a parent volunteer of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation.

Roisin was not there to take part. She was not even expected to pay attention.

But, something registered with Roisin when talk shifted to Amanda Todd, the British Columbia teenager who killed herself after she was stalked online.

"I realized that (cyberbullying) was a really big problem and I should do something about it,'' says Roisin, who turns 10 on March 20.

So the Mount Stewart Consolidated School student created the POSTit Positive campaign to encourage students and teachers to write positive messages to each other on Post-It notes.

"It just came to my head that you should put something nice on a piece of paper,'' says Roisin.

The idea was embraced at her school.

Students and teachers were posting notes with messages like "Fill your life with love and happiness''; "Respect and responsibility''; and "You are really nice. You make me happy.''

Roisin's heartfelt contribution to curbing cyberbullying could not be contained within the walls of her school.

The idea had too much universal appeal. The idea has gone global.

Entire walls in schools and workplaces, including Facebook's headquarters in Dublin, have been papered over with kindness. 3M, the maker of Post-it Notes, is now a sponsor.

Last year, Roisin flew to Ireland to speak at Stop Cyberbullying 2015, a summit attended by senior executives from Facebook and Google.

A free mobile app inspired by POST-it Postive will be launched on P.E.I. within a month.

Called shareUcare, the app will allow people to share hundreds of positive quotes on social media.

"I didn't really think my project would go that far,'' says Roisin.

The thoughtful girl does not own a smartphone, but she has an iPad.

She only sends messages to family and some special friends in Ireland. She makes sure to use her ipad safely and in a respectful manner.

She plans to continue to encourage others to follow suit.

"It is important to me that people I know and I don't know get safe when they are on Messenger, Twitter, Facebook or anything,'' she says.