October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and STOMP Out Bullying has increased efforts to raise awareness and prevent bullying in all its forms.
On October 7th the country and those across the globe will join STOMP Out Bullying in its Fifth Annual BLUE SHIRT DAY WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION where individuals across the globe will wear blue in solidarity to STOMP Out Bullying.
Celebrities Allison Janney, Archie Panjabi, Brad Goreski, Chandra Wilson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Debra Messing, Hilary Duff, Jerry O'Connell, Julianne Moore, Kristin Chenoweth, Michelle Trachtenberg, Nick Cannon, Oliver Hudson, Robert Verdi, Selma Blair and Taye Diggs have joined together to participate in a video campaign to promote awareness and encourage everyone to “go blue” and wear a blue shirt in support of this important issue, making October 7th the day that bullying prevention is heard around the world. They have all generously donated their time and energies to implore us all to focus on this often overlooked and trivialized issue.
You can watch the videos here.
Ross Ellis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of STOMP Out Bullying said: “STOMP Out Bullying offers hope to students who experience the harmful effects of bullying and teaches parents what signs to look for. It also educates school administrators across the country who have failed our youth and must commit to helping them.”
Since 2005 STOMP Out Bullying, has been the leading national anti-bullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S. It focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying; as well as educating kids and teens in school and online, providing help for those in need and at risk of suicide, raising awareness and offers peer mentoring programs in schools.
The program offers kids and teens a safe haven and solutions. From information and resources, to a 24/7 HelpChat line for kids and teens who are bullied and at-risk for suicide, a place where kids can share their stories and videos on its Web site, become peer mentors at school, raise awareness and offer students their own way to end this issue with an online Student Participation Toolkit and raise awareness on BLUE SHIRT DAY WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION.
1 out of 4 kids are bullied, 9 out of 10 LGBT kids are harassed every day, depending on their age, up to 40% of students are harassed online and 8% of kids stay home from school every day for fear of being bullied. Too many students have taken their lives unnecessarily. We must help our youth now.
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