We Supported Stopping Bullying and rewarded creativity with a MacBook or $1500 Gift Card
Every day, 160,000 teens skip school because of bullying, and more than 3.2 million students report being victims of bullying every year. Bullying can take many different forms—physical, verbal, exclusion, and cyberbullying. And understanding how to stop it before it starts can help make schools safer and more enjoyable for everyone.
That’s why HensonFuerst teamed up with Chris Hendricks Band in support of North Carolina schools. We asked students to create unique and engaging public service announcements (PSAs) to inspire their peers to think about how their actions can affect others. The rules are simple: Create a video PSA encouraging young people to take a stand against bullying.
Below are our two 2013 winners, Clay & Franklin!
Here is Franklin’s Winning PSA Video!
Here is Clay’s Winning PSA Video!
Want to see more? View all the other great entries on our YouTube page here!
What Can Adults Do?
Anti-bullying campaigns often focus on what young people can do to curb bullying, but what actions can adults take to make schools better places to learn? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ StopBullying.gov campaign offers information and tips adults can use to help build supportive learning environments for young people.
When bullying extends to texting, social networking, and other technology, it can happen 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And because internet communication is often “faceless,” some young people may not even be aware that what they do online harms others. Create a PSA that explains cyberbullying and what can be done to prevent it.
Make a Difference
Being a bystander during a bullying incident often lets the behavior continue. But there are ways young people can take a stand and respond to bullying to help positively influence their peers and build safer, more respectful school environments. How can you inspire your fellow students to take action against bullying?
If kids won the video PSA contest, they won a new Apple MacBook with Apple Final Cut Express HD! Or they could select a $1,500 gift card to a well-known electronics store. Now that’s some serious motivation!
Plus, the winners’ school received a $500 donation, and the winning PSA was aired on local television and the HensonFuerst website.