Stop Bullying! Speak Up & Save Lives!

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I want to take a moment and highlight a campaign by Cartoon Network to help stop bullying both online and in the real world.  It's called "Stop Bullying: Speak Up!" and offers advice for both children and parents on how to overcome bullying and keep it from ruining lives.  Though it may seem like too simple of a solution for such a big problem, speaking up against bullies really can be the solution.

The campaign's website, offers a number of interactive tools to help children learn about bullying and to help parents encourage their children to do the right thing when they or someone else is bullied.  In addition to interactive pledges to fight against bullying, the site contains digital badges that children can earn by reading the information on the site, watching videos, and pledging to help stop bullying when they encounter it.

Cartoon Network has resources available for parents on their main website as well with the goal of teaching parents how to approach the subject when talking with their kids. 

This tip sheet for parents gives a list of discussion points to bring up with your children to help them understand bullying and what they can do to stop it. The primary goal of Stop Bullying Speak Up is to help parents teach their children that bullying is never okay.

The campaign teaches children how to identify different types of bullying and how to deal with being bullied or seeing another child bullying someone else.  By speaking up against bullying and finding other ways to react other than fighting, children can take a stand against bullies and let them know that what they're doing isn't okay.  If every child who's bullied were to step up and let an adult or someone in authority know what's going on then it would change lives... and possibly save a few as well.

While this can be a difficult subject to talk about, Cartoon Network has gone a long way toward making it easy to discuss bullying with your children.  Videos on the SBSU website play out bullying scenarios and feature discussions about why the events in the videos are bad, giving you and your children a starting point for your conversation.  The tip sheet and activities that Cartoon Network made available to the public, help to make sure that you don't miss important points in your discussion.  Everything about the campaign is designed to make it easier for you to talk to your children and to help them learn what they should and shouldn't do when faced with a bully.

In addition to reading through this material and getting your children involved in the SBSU campaign, I encourage all of you to share information about the campaign with your friends and other parents you may know.  Share this post or a link to the SBSU homepage on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks. Print out the parent's tip sheet and give copies to people you know that have children, or this link on to others. Watch Anderson Cooper 360 tonight and tomorrow. This week he has been focusing on the root causes of bullying and what can be done to end it as part of a "special multi-platform effort"and in partnership with Facebook, CNN, The Cartoon Network and Time Inc.

By getting the word out there about the campaign and sharing ways that bullying can be stopped, we have the power to make a positive change in this world -and save lives.

Pretty, pretty please, don't you ever, ever feel
Like you're less than, less than perfect...

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Bullying is a serious problem affecting millions of children. It can interfere with their social and emotional development, as well as their school performance. 19,000 children attempt to commit suicide every year as a direct result of being bullied. To help combat this, I have put together a bully prevention show for elementary schools & libraries called "The STOP Bullying Show". Based out of Orlando, Florida, the show raises the awareness of bullying in a fun & engaging way; while teaching kids what they can do to put a stop to it. Highlights of the show can be seen here...

What a great article. I am very impressed with your heartfelt sentiments. Connecting a song like the Pink video is a great way to bring bullying to the attention of the so-called cool kids. It's time they know it's not cool and never was.
Thank you, Denise. Keep up the great work.

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