Such a small act, but what a difference it can make.
Surprise! I’m still alive and kicking. And writing, although you wouldn’t know it to see how I’ve neglected this blog. Today, however, I ran across a video from Britain’s Got Talent that’s too good not to share. Hear it here and you can say you heard it when, because it won’t be long before this one is working its way up the charts. We can only hope bullies hear it and take the words, and the emotions behind them, to heart. Listen and be moved.
I have been contacted by a television executive at an award-winning production company in Los Angeles called Make It Happen Productions. According to company executive Natalie Kaldes, MIHP is currently casting for a television project with a celebrity seeking to help teenagers suffering from bullying. They are looking to identify an individual, preferably eighteen years old and still in high school, willing to talk about his or her experience and who is “interested in working with a World Champion athlete in building confidence through an athletic pursuit.” Currently they are only seeking teens living in California.
I checked out their website at www.mihp.tv and this appears to be a legitimate company, so I am spreading the word. Be sure, however, to do your own research.
If you or any individual you know would like to discuss this opportunity, you can reach executive MIHP, Natalie Kaldes, at 818-981-2327. And if you get the job and wind up being a star because you read it here, please let me know. I’ll have my fingers crossed for you.
This is a heads up to let you know that a blog called Find a Nanny has a good article on how to help if your teen is being cyberbullied, a method of bullying that can be difficult for parents to detect unless they’re carefully monitoring their teen’s use of social media. You can read this article at: http://www.findananny.net/blog/what-parents-can-do-to-help-teen-victims-of-cyber-bullying/
Another site that mentions cyberbullying, but also offers general information on bullying, can be found at: http://www.kenneymyers.com/blog/the-bullying-epidemic-what-you-and-your-children-need-to-know/
Both sites are worth checking out.
And as we move from 2013 into 2014, we can only hope bullying will become less of a problem for people of all ages. It’s a problem that could easily be solved if–wherever a person goes–he or she would simply sow kindness.
Let’s make that a goal for each of us this coming year:
Many celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Adam Levine, Adam Lambert, Chris Colfer, and Ellen DeGeneres are stepping up to help stamp out bullying. What is surprising is how many were, themselves, the target of bullies. How fortunate they had the performing arts into which to channel their pain. In the following link, Morgan Frazier tells of her experience and sings her song “Hey Bully.”
(The video is unlisted, so you’ll have to click on the link to open the page.)
Posted by Karen Coombs on October 29, 2013 in Uncategorized and tagged Adam Lambert, Adam Levine, Bullies, Bullying, Bullying and Music, Chris Colfer, Ellen DeGeneres, Fighting back against bullying, Lady Gaga, Morgan Frazier, Music that makes a difference, Music that protests bullying, Standing up to bullies.
In March of 2013, I introduced you to Bob Votruba, traveling the United States on his campaign to promote One Million Acts of Kindness, currently focusing on bullying and the suicide that sometimes results. This is a worthwhile goal, and one Mr. Votruba is dedicating ten years of his life and his resources to accomplishing. Here is his latest post, an update on how the tour’s past four years have gone, along with a request.
What if everyone set a goal of performing one act of kindness day? What a difference that would make in this impersonal world. It might even save a life. Will you step up?
For anyone who wants to get involved with the fight against bullying and lives anywhere near Minnesota, here’s an event–designed to address bullying’s threat to Minnesota’s kids and the public health–you might want to attend. It seems especially important for those who understand that special needs or ailing children are very vulnerable to bullying.
According to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, “leading health care providers, education, student and parent organizations will gather to hear from a leading voice on the topic, have a conversation about the toll bullying takes on the health and well-being of children, and continue to evaluate their role in addressing it.
This event – “Breaking Down Bullying” – will include a keynote address and Q&A with best-selling author Emily Bazelon. This event has been planned on the heels of Children’s recent bullying report, which found that while any child may be subject to and harmed by bullying, children who are sick or have special needs are especially vulnerable to bullying and may suffer setbacks in their health or development as a result.
Detailed information follows:
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Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota hosts “Breaking Down Bullying,”
a conversation with The New York Times best-selling author Emily Bazelon
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota will host “Breaking Down Bullying,” a conversation with The New York Times best-selling author Emily Bazelon.
The event follows the July 2013 release of “Understanding the Threat of Bullying,” Children’s in-depth report that explores the problem of bullying among Minnesota kids from a medical provider perspective. The report found that while any child may be subject to and harmed by bullying, children who are sick or have special needs are especially vulnerable and as a result, may suffer health or developmental setbacks.
“Understanding the Threat of Bullying” is the fourth report in Children’s Check-Ups, a series of in-depth reports designed to help Minnesota families and health care leaders better understand important issues related to children’s health. The event with author Emily Bazelon is an extension of that work intended to engage the broader child development community in a discussion about bullying.
Wednesday, September 11
Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 W. 7th Street, St. Paul, Minnesota
About Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota:
Serving as Minnesota’s children’s hospital since 1924, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health care organizations in the United States, with 381 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children’s of Minnesota provides care through more than 12,000 inpatient visits and more than 300,000 emergency room and other outpatient clinic visits every year. Children’s is the only Minnesota hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively to children. Please visit childrensMN.org.
About Emily Bazelon:
Emily Bazelon is the author of the new book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. She is a senior editor at Slate, and a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School. She is also a frequent guest on The Colbert Report and has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, Morning Joe, Fresh Air, Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
This sounds like a very worthwhile event. If you’re trying to make a difference in the fight against bullying, you might want to make an effort to attend.
Although I am not a fan of relying on the government to solve all society’s problems, I do believe that, because bullying has no place in our schools, it’s time for Congress to act.
Although some federal laws address particular kinds of harassment, there is no comprehensive law to address bullying and harassment. The Safe Schools Improvement Act (S. 403) would fill that troubling gap in federal education policy. S. 403 would ensure states, districts, and schools have policies to prevent and appropriately respond to bullying and harassment.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is supporting the passage of S. 403 and is making it simple for you to do the same. The bill is currently in committee and, according to www.govtrack.us, it has only a 2% chance of getting past committee and a 0% chance of being enacted. You can make a difference. Simply go the the AAUW website and enter your ZIP code. They’ll help you with the rest. And while you’re at it, read the association’s research report, Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School.
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Young people who sext often find themselves on the wrong side of the law–and on the wrong side of society’s bullies. Sometimes they’re even driven to commit suicide.
Finn McCarthy and Josh Hadley feel like typical tenth-grade übergeeks who don’t really stand out or fit in . . . until the day Finn is texted a racy photo from an anonymous female with the tantalizing proposition: Wan 2 c mor?
Feeling flattered, confused, excited, and nervous, Finn seeks the counsel of his best friend, Josh, and together they attempt to unravel the why and—most importantly—the who of this enticing message.
This task proves difficult, yet it’s an intoxicating escape from the difficulties both boys face at home. Finn’s mom is an alcoholic and his dad seems to accept her destructive behavior as status quo. Josh and his sister, Paige, are children of divorce living with a mom who is always working, and an absentee dad who has news that will change their lives forever.
While unraveling the mystery of these seductive texts, both Finn and Josh must face their demons and desires—and decide which risks are truly worth taking.
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Tink O’Brien drew back a fist and slugged Rocky right in the mouth.…Rocky didn’t let the tears spill. Instead, he joked. “Right in the kisser,” he spluttered, as Tink scuttled off down the street. “Right in the kisser. And I haven’t even used it yet.”
Every day after school, Tink is waiting at Ambush Corner to use 11-year-old Rocky for a punching bag. He can't tell his parents. His father will encourage him to stand up for himself and fight back. His mother, worried that Rocky will break a finger and not be able to play his viola in the upcoming music competition, will forbid him to fight at all. What neither parent knows is that Rocky thinks fighting is stupid and has decided to become a pacifist, a secret Rocky is keeping even from his best friend, Mario, who might not approve of Rocky's wish to be peaceable.
Rocky tries all sorts of plans to end the bullying without success, even recruiting his older sister, who steps in, only to make the situation worse. Eventually, however, Rocky's music teacher helps him understand Tink's behavior, which gives Rocky a new idea to try. Will he be able to end the daily bullying, gain his father's approval, win the music competition, and still practice being a pacifist?
A book about a serious subject told with a touch of humor, Bully at Ambush Corner includes a discussion guide, as well as links to Internet sites that deal with bullying.