“1 out of 4 kids is bullied, 9 out of 10 LGBT kids are harassed, 43% of teens, 97% of middle schoolers and 47% of youth 18-24 are cyberbullied, and over 160,000 kids stay home from school everyday for fear of being bullied,” according to a recent Press Release.
October was National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and celebrities were out in full force in the name of STOMPing out bullying everywhere. Ross Ellis, STOMP Out Bullying Founder and CEO said, “The victims who are harmed by these aggressors and others don’t understand how extreme bullying can get. Parents, teachers and school administrators must take caution and sensitivity in handling these issues.”
She also stated that, “Bullying has played a role in many recent suicides across the country. And cyberbullying is in full force with the use of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and other sites popular with youths. This social online cruelty is used by individuals or groups intended to harm our youth. We cannot lose one more to suicide.”
The campaign began October 3rd to STOMP Out Bullying; supporters came together in their Annual BLUE SHIRT DAY to start the month off in cohesion and awareness. BLUE SHIRT DAY has been occurring every year for the past three years; it is a day where people across the world wear blue shirts in order to support and bring awareness to the cause of ending bullying.
Along with BLUE SHIRT DAY, the campaign also held an auction on CharityBuzz to raise funds for the prevention, education and peer mentoring of bullying and cyberbullying.
According to a Press Release, extremely generous celebrities provided auction items such as:
- A set visit to the award winning show Mad Men
- Tickets to see world-renowned singer, songwriter and performer Elton John in “The Million Dollar Piano” in Las Vegas
- VIP tickets and pit-section passes to Katy Perry‘s Las Vegas Show
- VIP Sugarland tickets and a meet and greet at the Mohegan Sun
- VIP tickets to the Ellen Show and luxury swag bag
- Tickets to MTV’s 2012 Movie Awards
- VIP tickets to American Idol and Dancing With the Stars
- A set visit to ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth”
- An internship with 42 West publicist/CEO Leslee Dart
- A Meet and Greet with Buddy Valastro AKA the Cake Boss
Many celebrities feel strongly about the importance of raising awareness for and preventing bullying of all kinds and sizes. STOMP Out Bullying’s Global Celebrity Ambassadors include:
- Actress Brittany Snow
- Recording artist Sean Kingston
- Singer and producer Lance Bass
- Singer and actress Emily Osment
- Singer JoJo
- Z100 radio host Carolina Bermudez
- Pretty Little Liars star Tyler Blackburn
- Switched At Birth star Katie LeClerc
- Actress Melissa Joan Hart
- TV Host Maria Sansone
- Soap stars Kristen Alderson and Brittany Underwood
Many other celebrities have participated in one way and another throughout this year’s Bullying Prevention Awareness Month as well as year’s prior. According to the Associated Press, “ Since 2005 STOMP Out Bullying™, a national anti-bullying and cyberbullying program for kids and teens reduces and prevents bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreases school absenteeism, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying; as well as educating students in school and online, raising awareness and peer mentoring programs.”
Ellis is grateful to celebrities who participate in helping raise awareness and prevent bullying; she discussed her program, saying “STOMP Out Bullying offers hope to every bullying victim, teaches parents to keep open communication with their children and to look for signs. It educates school administrators across the country who have failed our youth and must commit to helping them. By educating our children, we can stop the bullying before it ever starts.”
We, at DaddyScrubs, want to help promote programs and campaigns such as this one. Our children are our future, and we need to bring them up in healthy, safe and prosperous environments. Make sure you do your part in supporting this cause and campaign, raising awareness now and into the future.
Mr. Daddy’s Daughter
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