National ‘Stop The Bullying Day’
Did you know today is National Stop The Bullying Day? Bullying, both online and in person, has had some major repercussions and since Columbine, has become a central topic of concern for and among American youth.
Bullying is a common experience for many people, often stemming from childhood or as an adolescent. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, as many as 50% of children are bullied/have been bullied in their school years. People who are bullied often experience suffering that can interfere with their social/emotional development and, in the harshest of conditions, can lead to physical violence and suicide.
In honor of those who have been victims of malicious bullying around the world, here are some words from a few celebrities urging bullies to stop their behavior and for victims to speak up and protect themselves.
Demi Lovato (who has been a victim of bullying herself) speaks out and urges those who are being bullied or know someone who is to step out and say something.
Justin says, “There’s nothing cool about being a bully… If you’re a bystander, make sure to step in and help out.”
The former American Idol star says, “If you give those bullies and those people who are so ignorant of your lifestyle… if you give them the power to affect you, you’re letting them win – and they don’t deserve that.”
Joe Jonas reminds us that change starts in you and your school – and advises people to reach out to those sitting in the school cafeteria by themselves. After all: “everybody has insecurities, everyone has fears.”
Glee castmember Chris Colfer wants to let those who are having a hard time know that there are people out there who care and who can help.
Ms. Jackson says, “Sometimes life can seem so insurmountable, especially in your teen years… you’re probably thinking you’re all alone. But you’re not. There is a world of acceptance waiting for you.”
The Harry Potter star “There’s always a safe place to turn… Be proud of who you are.”
ANNE HATHAWAY & FRIENDS
Anne Hathaway and some of her celeb friends want to let you know that “there’s always hope, and there’s always help.”
Ke$ha shows her softer side, giving out a heartfelt message of love and support, telling viewers to never give up.
Which one of these PSAs do you think has the most impact?
To support National Stop The Bullying Day, check out the official Stop Bullying Now site.
*If you are being bullied or want to help a friend suffering from bullying, please visit: