Stopbullying.gov challenged teens around the country to create videos about bullying. The seven finalists have been selected and they're impressive — this one, for example:
Contestants were instructed to explore what kids can do to stop bullying, and the finalists all maintained that tight focus: none of the videos mentions the role of school administrators or anti-bullying programs; in fact, not a single adult appears in any of the videos.
Bullying under the radar
It's a valuable message they're sending out: that kids can take an active stand against bullying. Of course it's important for schools to make sure that bullying isn't tolerated. But unless kids stand up to bullying, it will continue out of sight and under the radar.
These videos show kids taking simple steps to stop bullying:
extending a hand to a kid who has been shoved to the ground, joining a boy who's taunted for being fat on a
run around the track, stepping up to dance with a teen surrounded by sneering tormentors.
It's the small gestures that make the difference: you don't have to be a
superhero to stop bullying, as this film points out:
Check out all seven finalists here and let us know what you think. Do you have examples of kids standing up to bullies? Are these films you'd show your own kids?Follow @CMMatthiessen