Nick recently took some time out to shed light on the important subject of Bullying and those affected by it. His new video “Die Young” was introduced on BET’s 106 & Park last week and it’s already a big hit. Both the video and the song are deeply personal to Nick and the track addresses real issues that so many people deal with each day. You can watch the video here.
Ross Ellis founder and Chief Executive Officer of STOMP Out Bullying said “we are thrilled that Nick has taken on this issue and produced such a compelling video which speaks to kids and teens and those who use suicide as an alternative to end their pain.”
Some people think that bullying is “just a fact of life” or “a rite of passage” and they don’t take it seriously … until someone they know is hurt by bullying – or worse because they’ve taken their lives. Here are the real facts:
- 1 out of 4 kids are bullied
- 9% To 35% of young people say they have been the victim of digital aggression
- 9 out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment at school
- Child and teen Bullying and Cyberbullying are at an all-time high
- Some kids are so tormented that suicide has become an alternative for them
- It can mess up a kid’s future. Bullies are more likely to skip school, drop out of school, smoke, drink alcohol, get into fights and be arrested at some point in their life. 60% of boys who were bullies in middle school had at least one criminal conviction by the age of 24.
- As many as 160,000 students may stay home on any given day because they’re afraid of their bullies and/or they just can’t take the pain anymore
Last June STOMP Out Bullying launched its HelpChat Line which to date has helped over 2,900 students and saved 52 lives. Nick Cannon’s video will no doubt raise public awareness for the issue of bullying and hopefully inspire many to take action and spread the message of tolerance and compassion.