Bullying and cyberbullying has become a cancer that potentially has a death sentence.
Florida is not a stranger to tragedies related to bullying incidents and suicides among tweens and teens.
The NO BULL Challenge is the largest, youth-led national campaign in America’s history to combat cyberbullying.
Murray Middle School in St. Augustine is home to Girls Circle! Girls Circle is a support group for middle school girls. It is designed to foster self-esteem, help girls maintain authentic connections with peers and adult women, counter trends toward self-doubt, and allow for genuine self-expression through verbal sharing and creative activity.
Girls Circle are diligently preparing to be part of the NO BULL Challenge. This campaign is open to all middle and high school students. (Watch the video ).
Fifteen finalists will be invited to attend the star-studded NO BULL Teen Video Awards in San Francisco. Our community is behind our students and just making the effort to show your support to put an end to bullying and cyberbullying is a step in a positive direction.
Do you want to know how you can enter? Click here for FAQ.
Important dates to know for this challenge:
January 15, 2012: NO BULL Challenge Begins (12:01 am PST)
March 15, 2012: Video Upload Deadline (12:00 am PST)
March 15, 2012: Voting begins
April 15, 2012: Voting ends to select top 100 most popular videos
May 17, 2012: 15 finalists chosen from top 100 favorites
July 21, 2012: 8 Winners announced at NO BULL Red Carpet Awards Event in San Francisco
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Bullying and cyberbullying is a statewide and national epidemic that needs immediate attention and is getting it.
This week the United States Department of Education released their Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies.
The department examined the extent to which states legislatively required schools to address bullying and what model policies were suggested. The major findings:
There are 46 states with bullying laws, 45 of which direct schools to adopt bullying policies. The vast majority of those laws, 43 of them, specify to some extent what constitutes bullying. There are 41 states with model policies on how to address bullying.
Thirteen states allow schools to have jurisdiction over cyberbullying that occurs off-campus under the premise that the actions can create a hostile school environment.
The study reviewed 20 specific school district policies. Half contain counseling provisions or other non-punitive behavioral interventions for students who bully others, and one out every five included provisions to address the mental health needs of students who are bullied.
Click here to read the report.
Education is the key to prevention of bullying and cyberbullying.
It is a community effort, starting at home and reaching into the schools. Both parents and teachers should be role models to youth today. How you treat your neighbor, your sibling, your friend, your co-worker – is all being watched by younger eyes.
Be the example….