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Bullying

PSA Transcript

Were you bullied as a kid? I was.

Bully’s taunt, they torment and the consequences can be devastating.

Before bullying claims another victim, we need to come together and say enough.

Bullying doesn’t have to happen and it’s up to us to stop it.

Go to charactersunite.com to take a stand against bullying.

Take Action

  • Help Prevent Bullying

    Find out best practices, tools and resources for bullying and cyberbullying prevention and intervention.

  • Bring Challenge Day to Your Community

    Participate in Challenge Day, a day-long interactive program providing teens and adults with tools to tear down the walls of separation, and inspiring participants to live, study and work in an encouraging environments. Check out Challenge Day as featured in the new documentary Tom Brokaw Presents Bridging the Divide.

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  • Watch “Bullied” and Create a Safer School Environment

    Watch "Bullied," the new documentary from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The film chronicles one student’s ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today.

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The Facts

  • Most studies show that between 15-25% of American students are bullied with some frequency (i.e., "sometimes" or more often). Source: HRSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Approximately one third (32%) of all teenagers who use the internet say they have been targets of a range of annoying and potentially menacing online activities, such as: receiving threatening messages; having their private emails or text messages forwarded without consent; having an embarrassing picture posted without permission; or having rumors about them spread online. Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project 2007.

Bullying

Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. Often, this behavior is repeated over time. Bullying can take many forms, such as: hitting or punching, teasing or name-calling, intimidation through gestures, social exclusion, and sending insulting messages or pictures by mobile phone or using the Internet (also known as cyberbullying).

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