The website Right Now, Using Music to Stop Bullying, established by Washington, DC, 16-year-old Becca Levy, a rising star in the world of music, states, “In the past year she [Becca] has recorded and worked with some of Americas most talented producers, filmed five music videos, received thousands of hits on her websites, been featured on NBC TV and on the radio, appeared in over sixty newspapers nationwide, and has performed dozens of times for thousands of people. With that kind of resume you would assume that all that is on Becca’s mind is her rapidly advancing career.
Nope. Becca has her sights set on a more ambitious target. She wants to end teenage bullying in America.
‘This is a cause I truly believe in. School and Internet bullying are a national epidemic and the people dying are my age. I hope to use music to bring attention to this important issue.’ Says Becca.
This seems like a daunting task for someone who is about to become a high school junior. But Becca is determined to educate people about the horrific toll that bullying exacts on today’s youth.
‘Did you know that every seven minutes a child is bullied? Were you aware that over four thousand suicides are linked to bullying each year? When I learned this, I realized that this was an issue I wanted to take a stand against–and the best way was through my music. It’s a language that all young people speak.’
Becca knows the road will be a difficult one. And she is inviting every other musician in the country to join her in this fight. Any band or performer can help by submitting their music to be placed on the Right Now website.
‘I know I will make a difference. But I also know I need help.”
Becca has released a video in which she sings Coldplay’s “Fix You”. It’s an excellent look at some of those whose lives have ended because of bullying. Take a look.
As a senior/senior (prefer that to ‘old’), I get plain mad at the nonsensical, brainless treatment so many children, students, even adults, are subjected to in the form of bullying. It is totally unscionable that some people feel they have a God-given right to terrorize. We don’t have to go abroad to defeat terrorism. It is in our schools, homes, workplaces, in sports, on the streets, wherever. This week another young girl was found by her mom hanging from the hook on the bathroom door, after being bullied for a long period and ending up raped. Having raised a large family and now with lots of grands and greats, I figure I can talk. What can I do today? I guess talk about it and reply to this blog on occasion, and keep an eye out. Parents must be more aware of their children and watch for any telltale signs, not only of bullying, but general demeanor that is changed in any way. If a child tells you their problem, or tells of seeing certain kids bullying and being bullied on an ongoing basis, LISTEN, don’t just nod your head and smile and immediately point a finger. DO SOMETHING! Stand behind a tree near the school at dismissal and observe. Talk to teachers and especially principals. Demand that they keep watch, trading off lookouts (I watch and read detective stories). Do SOMETHING! A child carries the affect of this behaviour through their entire life, if they live long enough. Society has always experienced hatred and unkindness, but our world today is far more violent and events of this kind are daily reported on the media. Again. DO SOMETHING. You are the only hero your child has, so stand up and be counted. Someday your child will be a parent, and the viscious circle goes ’round.
Thanks for the comment. Great advice. Lurking behind trees to observe is a great idea for a grandmother, but if you’re an adult male who looks sketchy, it might not be recommended. (:-}