It’s sad but true. Technology has made it simple for mean kids to be down right cruel.
After the Jaime Rodemeyer suicide, it’s become painfully obvious that it’s more important than ever for parents to get active in managing their child’s digital world, just like they do for all the other aspects of their life. All kids are exposed, and it’s our job to protect them.
As the Founder of the Great American NO BULL Challenge, a national youth-led anti-cyberbullying campaign, I get to work with some of the most amazing teens from across the country. These teens are making a real difference using their leadership skills to help their peers and their communities eliminate cyberbullying. The sad truth is that most of these teens have been the targets of cruel kids who don’t care about what they say or how deeply they cut into their victim’s sense of self by using technology to bully them.
On a daily basis, I ask myself what is the bully’s motivation? In other words, are these kids seeking out their peers in an effort to destroy their self-esteem with a goal of causing long-term damage?
No matter what the reason is, the goal of the Great American NO BULL Challenge is to provide a national platform for America’s 25 million teens, to have their voices heard by writing and directing their own videos with an anti-bullying message. We plan to provide teens across the country the tools they need to stand up to cyberbullies, no matter how hard a bully tries to defeat their self-esteem.
Here’s the bottom line: Our kids are constantly connected to social media more than ever before, and it’s our job to help guide them through the online mayhem so they become confident in preventing and defending all types of bullying situations, before they spin out of control.