To This Day – Anti-Bullying Message

Today in schools in my community, thousands of students are wearing pink t-shirts that deliver an anti-bullying message.  I have long been an anti-bullying campaigner and all three of my books deal with bullying and are listed as resources on one of the largest anti-bullying websites in the world: www.bullying.org

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As a friend of Bullying.org, a newsletter was sent to me and to over 12,000 friends, supporters and partners of Bullying.org in families, schools, School Boards and Ministries of Education, Universities, Business, Community and Government leaders, Media, Bullying Researchers and anti-bullying activists around the world. 

To This Day!
Bullying.org’s work now spans two decades. During that time, we have been very proud to have created many important partnerships with passionate individuals, schools, communities, companies and governments who have worked with us in support of Bullying.org’smission: “To prevent bullying through education and awareness“.
Most recently, we have developed a partnership with the very talented Canadian poet, Shane Koyczan in the creation of a project that is taking the Internet by storm… To This Day!
Shane wrote the words and then invited animators and videographers from around the world to interpret and contribute segments of his poem. The results are stunning!
Here is what others are saying about To This Day:

  • If you have time to watch only one video today, it should probably be this one.” -Huffington Post
  • Slate called the video “beautiful,
  • Yahoo! News dubbed it “powerful
  • This video will “reshape your views on name calling, harassment and pain.” -Mashable
  • The anti-bullying movement has led to a lot of amazing and inspirational videos over the last few years, but this may be one of the best. Stop whatever you’re doing and watch this beautiful animated video…” -CBS News

Bullying.org first viewed the video and provided what we hoped were helpful suggestions and feedback. We have since been sharing the video through our Twitter followers and Facebook Friends. Since being launched just a few days ago, the video now has over 4.6 million views!
If you haven’t viewed, or heard of this incredible project, we would like to share it with you now, please forward this newsletter and share it with your own contacts, friends and networks as you deem appropriate…

I want to share this powerful video with my blog readers.  Please share it with your families, friends, and anyone else who needs to hear this message.

http://www.cyberbullying.ca
“Always on? Always
Aware!”
-The world’s first Website about cyberbullying

http://www.bullyingcourse.com
“Learn to be the
change!”
-Offering online courses and Webinars about bullying and
cyberbullying

http://www.bullyingawarenessweek.org
“Prevention through
education and awareness”
-The official Website of the annual Bullying
Awareness Week”

Twitter: @Bullying_org
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5 Responses to To This Day – Anti-Bullying Message

  1. Pingback: A poem about Bullying by Charlene Soileau Bolton | Lynn Dove's Journey Thoughts

  2. I wrote a poem:
    A bully used to be the kid who always picked on the weak ones
    He’d get up in our faces, shake his fist & spoil all of our fun.
    He would run after us at recess yelling “I am going to catch you!”
    We’d run terrified & screaming, never quite knowing what to do.

    Always lurking around in the shadows, looking for someone to harm
    Pushing us up against our lockers & punching us in the arms.
    No! Don’t ever go to the school bathroom; We’d rather hold it all day
    If he catches us in there alone, there would be a huge price to pay.

    Fast forward to the year 2013 & a bully’s description quickly changes
    Bully’s today show no mercy & quite simply, act like they are deranged.
    Who in their wildest dreams would have expected this to occur?
    Do we allow them to break a young child’s spirit, I say to this, No Sir!

    This child that they now torture has by no means had an easy road
    He is shy & he is lonely & he’s tired of carrying a big load.
    LIFE needs to have all bullies feel the sting of every punch & ugly word
    So that they may realize the agony & everything that this poor child has heard.
    Maybe then they’d see the pain that they inflicted on an innocent kid
    And soon would feel remorse; trying to fix every bad thing that they did.

    In today’s world a bully uses deadly weapons instead of words
    Even growing bold enough by bringing guns to school; Absurd!
    Schools should always be a safe haven where a child can stay unharmed
    But instead the only action taken is that the bully is only warned.
    Cyber Bullying by computer has now grown into something that is chilling
    Name calling has now been upgraded to a vicious unrelenting killing.

    Kids who dare to wear their hair dyed, funky clothes & goth-like style
    Are the targets of such hatred, & they begin to feel hostile.
    Their only answer is to make the bullies pay for what they’ve done
    So they shoot an entire school up, this is how a tragedy is begun.

    Suicides are at an all time high, kids are tormented until they are crazy
    Humiliated & alienated, too many jumbled feelings; it all becomes so hazy.
    Finding no way out of their nightmare, they sink into a deeper sadness
    Never knowing that help is out there; Yes, there is a way out of this madness!

    Scream about it, tell your parents, yell it out so people hear it!
    Tell your teacher, tell your counselor, tell your preacher & Holy Spirit!
    Grab a neighbor, a policeman, a social worker or someone’s mother
    Make the principal HEAR your words, & gain the support of others!
    Go to the biggest guy on campus & tell him of your plight
    Get a transfer to a nicer school, one with ‘No Tolerance’ for fights!
    Do not stop until someone listens & they help you win your battle
    Because a bully becomes deflated once his cage is found & rattled!
    written by: Charlene Soileau Bolton

  3. Jenn Dove says:

    Thank you for leading the campaign on stopping bullying. Lynn you have a true heart. Please continue to sound the alarm against bullying. You speak to how it is just not to be tolerated. With you at the helm we have a strong stance in which to learn from. Blessings, Jenn

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