ANTI-BULLYING FESTIVAL BRINGS CELEBRITIES OUT IN MASSIVE SHOW OF SUPPORT AGAINST BULLYING
Los Angeles, August 13th 2016 – Jackie the French Reporter enjoyed an awesome day at an outdoor festival, hosted by the Human Growth Foundation, at Griffith Park. The event was free to all and aimed to bring children, teenagers and adults together to engage, educate and empower the community and especially the victims of bullying. The day featured messages from activists, exhibit booths, giveaways, food and a massive celebrity meet-and-greet with stars from sports, film, television, and comedy.
Jackie’s great friend, Dario, also attended, saying: “I had to come and support because I think bullying is such a huge problem in the United States and it’s so bad and its gotten worse every year so I feel like that whenever we can bring awareness to something that is so bad we might as well do it. So I’m here!”
Many other celebrities also joined the day to share their support and stories about bullying. Be sure to watch the video to hear their powerful messages of encouragement on dealing with bullying.
You may find yourself asking “But what is bullying, really?” I’d suggest grabbing a copy of the movie Mean Girls right after watching the video, and then watching the video again after. Mean Girls may be a somewhat light-hearted look into the world of girl-on-girl bullying, but is surprisingly accurate and astute in many areas. If you’ve been fortunate enough to coast through life not having to deal with the growing epidemic of bullying, may I suggest learning about it and joining the ranks of advocates against bullying?
Many times, fights and disagreements – are just plain old jealousy, flare up between children and teenagers, but for a situation to be a truly BULLYING scenario, these three factors are need to be part of the exchange:
- A real or perceived imbalance of power between one person of group of people to the other, whether forced through aggression or because of strength,
- One person or group of people want to hurt another person’s feelings or their relationship with other people,
- This aggressive behaviour repeats itself, or keeps repeating itself.
Bullying is not a fight where the person does not mean to hurt you or your feelings, or damage your relationships with others. And it is definitely not bullying if the person stops doing what is upsetting you immediately after you ask for it to be stopped.
There are a number of different types of bullying. The most recognized one is of course Verbal Bullying: being called names, constant teasing and being threatened with harm. Another, more recognizable type of bullying is Physical Bullying: where someone hurts you physically, takes things from you or making rude hand gestures towards you. Social Bullying is when you are left out of a group on purpose, or your bully spreading rumours about you or embarrassing you in front of others. The newest and possibly most vicious form of bullying is Cyber Bullying. This is when someone sends mean texts or emails, or spreads rumours about you online or posting embarrassing pictures and videos about you online.
The statistics on real bullying is shocking.
- Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.
- Approximately 160,000 teenagers skip school every day to avoid bullying.
- 17% of American students report being bullied 2 to 3 times (or more) a month within a semester.
- By age 14, less than 30 % of boys and 40 % of girls will talk to their peers about bullying.
- Most shocking of all, 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 % of the time.
Nikki Han provided some really important advise on dealing with bullying at the event, that every person dealing with this painful issue should really take to heart: “Always tell a parent or a teacher or adult figure because that bully is likely acting out something that is going on at their home, or they are insecure.”
Whatever the reason for the bully’s behaviour, it is not worth you’re happiness, joy and most especially, it is never worth your life.
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Written by: Miquette Caalsen