Students from Carmel Clay Schools and Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) were recently honored for their winning ideas in Bright House Networks and Net Literacy’s Students Against Bullying Contest. The campaign is part of Bright House Networks and Net Literacy’s push to promote young people as active allies and advocates in bullying prevention.
Elementary, middle and high school students were challenged to develop messages that could address bullying through the question, “If you had 25 seconds, what would you say to others about bullying or cyber bullying?” Winners received the opportunity to present their message in a professionally-produced public service announcement. The short videos will be used by teachers, parents and nonprofit organizations to reinforce effective and safe ways for kids to step in and help others from being bullied. More than 200 student entries were submitted for the contest.
“When it comes to taking a stand against bullying, engaged teens are the most effective spokespersons and can best disseminate the message to other teens,” said Dan Kent, Executive Director of Net Literacy, a student-founded and student-managed nonprofit. “And that’s why our student leadership decided to work together with our partner schools to ask students what is most important for teens to know about bullying. We received hundreds of heartfelt responses from students who were bystanders, had bullied others, and had been bullied. The videos help provide a better understanding of the bullying problem and will promote civility throughout our community.”
The student-produced PSAs will air on Bright House Networks in October, in recognition of National Anti-Bullying Prevention Month. The PSAs can also be viewed on IPSTube, SafeConnects.org, and Net Literacy’s YouTube Channel. Bright House Networks has supported Net Literacy since 2005 and was recently honored with a proclamation issued by the Indianapolis City Council.
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