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Teenagers and kids who are bullied often feel like they are all alone and have no where to turn. If you see someone being bullied, reach out and let them know it’s going to be OK.
Just being there for someone will give them hope and change their life more than you know. Take a stand against bullying. The world is better when we’re all friends and not enemies.
A Good Bullying Prevention Public Service Announcement (PSA) / Campaign should:
1. Depicts realistic scenarios, knowing that if presented realistically the topic will hold the viewer’s attention. (T-shirts, bracelets and celebrities are unnecessary.)
2. Incorporates the power, negative or positive, of the by-stander.
3. Clarifies, age appropriately, the difference between snitching and reporting.
4. Reflects young people’s understanding and experience of race dynamics. i.e. while racism can be a weapon to bully, children have a nuanced perspective on race.
5. Understands how homophobia is tied to bullying.
6. Has an adult (maybe a parent) comforting a child.
7. Doesn’t patronize the viewer.
8. Provides skills and inspiration in equal proportion to depicting the problem.
9. Is willing to acknowledge that adults can be part of the problem as well as help solve or improve the situation.
10. Inspires people to take the risk to publicly support victims and responsibly confront bullies.
Cruel Facts About Bullying:
Bullying is a learned behaviour.
Bullying is most common in middle school.
Almost 50% of students have been bullied.
20% of students bully others often.
NOBODY DESERVES TO BE BULLIED.
Are you being bullied? What can you do?
Ask an adult for help.