• October is National Bullying Prevention Month

    Schools and communities unite to raise awareness for bullying prevention.

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  • Club Penguin Supports Bullying Prevention Month

    Club Penguin has teamed with Alex Angelo from Radio Disney, who is a big supporter of the bullying prevention cause. Watch Alex’s video as he shares the message to “Be Heard” and stand up against bullying.

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  • Imagine

    Imagine going about your life while being bombarded with negative messages. Fortunately, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is giving kids the power to use their words not to hurt but to hear, to help, and to heal.

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  • Unity Day

    #UnityDay2014 – Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Make it ORANGE and make it end! Unite against bullying!

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  • Matt the Film

    Matthew Tapia was born 3 months pre-mature, a mere 1.5 pounds. Doctors gave him a 5% chance of survival, and if he was able to defy the odds he would barely be able to speak or even walk. A film about the power of never giving up.

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  • You’re Not Alone

    PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages, and educates communities nationwide to prevent bullying through the use of creative, interactive resources.

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  • Bullies and Bystanders

    Bullying and cyberbullying are a fact of life for many kids and teens; research suggests almost half of teens have experienced cyberbullying in the past year. But by standing up, instead of standing by, kids and teens can help end bullying.

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  • Lizzie Sider

    Lizzie is a country music singer/songwriter, who experienced verbal teasing and ridiculing from other children in elementary school. Her song, “Butterfly” tells her story and how she overcame her situation.

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Features / New Stuff

Disney Be Inspired logo

Choose Kindness” is part of Disney ABC Television Group’s efforts to create a bullying prevention campaign to encourage kids and parents around the country to help put an end to bullying by choosing kindness. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is among the partners.

 

 

Disney Channel Logo

As part of this initiative, Disney Channel will air special, themed episodes of “Girl Meets World” on October 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET and “Austin & Ally” Thursday, October 30 at 10 p.m. ET.

 

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Unlock items in Disney Club Penguin: Players can unlock an orange T-shirt and a megaphone with code 2BEHEARD to rally in support of Unity Day. For every megaphone and orange T-shirt unlocked in-game, Club Penguin will donate $1 (up to $50,000) to support bullying prevention.

Disney's Alex Angelo

Additionally, Club Penguin has teamed with 14 year-old Alex Angelo, host of Radio Disney’s “Saturday Night Party” with Alex Angelo (Saturdays, 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. PT), who is a big supporter of the -bullying prevention cause. Watch Alex’s video as he shares the message to “Be Heard” and stand up against bullying.

 

 


Michael and Marisa

Your Story is Powerful! Share it for a chance to receive a 13-inch 256GB MacBook Air!*

Michael and Marisa, teen spokespersons for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, care deeply about the bullying prevention cause. Through their outreach, they know that a lot of kids feel like they are all alone, and that nothing will change. They are here to let other teens know that things can change, and they want to encourage all teens to be a part of that change by sharing your story. Selected stories will be posted to this website and one story will be chosen at random to receive a 13-inch 256GB MacBook Air!

 

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Join the We Will Generation!

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Want to be a part of the movement of students looking out for students? Learn what you can do and how to take the pledge:

WE WILL be the generation to:

  • Own this issue and be the solution
  • Make sure every individual knows that they matter
  • Reach out to peers and let them know that they aren’t alone
  • Establish a supportive community that unites in action
  • Change the negativity that has impacted so many for so long
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Tell Us Why You Care

  • when I was young I got teased a lot about how many people were in my family and how we all played the same sport rugby league but now that im older i dont give a crap about whether people dont let me play or how they tease me about how big my family is because i started to think how other people were teased 100 more times then me so now I dont care if people tease me

    moufid — lebanon
  • I was bullied this yer and still am every now and then. It stinks and I don't like it. I want to talk to someone and get help and discuss how I can get some help. I'm too afraid to tell my parents because they won't believe me or they will say something else. I just want to cry when it happens. What should I do and where can I get help?

    Britney — South Dakota
  • I care about bullying because I was bullied when I was younger because I was fat and I want bullying to stop and to all the bullies to stop bullying all the kids in the world.

    Yovany — 11
  • I was bullied myself in elementary school, and middle school. In elementary school I had no friends until the fourth grade. One of them is still a good friend today, and in middle school it was brutal. I would get picked on, and no one would want to talk to me, except for my friends. I care because I want to make a difference for the younger generations below me, because I have siblings who are younger than me and I don't want them to have to go through the same pain as me. I've been part of the anti bullying club at my school for all three years of HS so far. We have changed, and I have changed so many lives already for teens and younger kids. It doesn't matter how someone is being bullied, I want to stop it, put an end to it and make sure that everyone is safe from the nationwide epidemic.

    Onnolee — 16
  • I seen people get hurt on websites before and it isn't pretty like posting pictures or saying secrets on there and its like yelling out to the world !!! ASK before you post somthing

    keily — 10
  • I care because I have bullied and been bullied. I have a hard time on getting along with my best friend.

    Rachel — Washington

Stories

Real Friends
Dora

Today is Unity Day (part of National Bully Prevention Month), and to show solidarity, I will tell my story of being bullied, and how it affected my life, even when it seemingly ceased. I’m not doing this, seeking sympathy or to “out” anyone (I will not mention specific names), rather I want to display how I have come out strong, unlike others who could find no way out, in their minds.
It was the beginning of sophomore year, of high school. My “best friend” (since 6th grade), and I had been inseparable for quite some time. I hadn’t seen much of her during the summer, as she had made new friends, but that didn’t matter much, because I had made new friends too (if anything it was a fantastic notion, that we could all be friends). It didn’t exactly work out that way. As I got closer with others, she seemed to get farther away, even though I had desired to meet her new friends. Social media was relatively new (myspace, specifically), and her new friends had new profiles, so I added them (naturally). After many attempts to meet up with these friends, and many pleasant conversations on social media, I soon discovered that her new friends, were actually fake. Sure, they existed somewhere, they were actual people, but they weren’t her friends; she didn’t even know them. She had made up all of these elaborate stories about fun times, all of these myspace profiles/posts, fake conversations on the phone, she even told me how one of her new friends’ parent died, and how she was trying to console him, etc. It was completely out of hand, and went on for several months – over 5/6 (before I even caught on). I found out it was all a lie, because I found the Real profiles of the Real people, and spoke with them on IM. They themselves couldn’t believe it, they had never even heard of her. I told one of my friends, but swore her to secrecy, I mean, I was absolutely devastated.
People at school started treating me differently because I was spending more time with others (my class size was relatively small, and shared nearly every class with the same people), and one of them actually went out of their way to IM me, telling me that I was nothing with out my long time best friend, and that my new friends would dump me in a heart beat, that I had better get MY act together(my “best friend” was an athlete, and not just an athlete, “The Athlete”. She was at the top of the food chain, at a school that prided itself on athleticism).
Well of course I was upset, and I finally had the courage to confront her, after not only receiving those IM’s, but at the urgency of a friend, a real friend. To make this short, she confessed to everything, and begged me not to tell anyone. Of course I agreed that I wouldn’t, I was afraid that people would think she was insane, and I pleaded with her to seek help. I still loved her (I still love her and send positive energy her way), but there was no way I could stay friends with someone whom I couldn’t trust.
There were many dark days that followed. There were days that I didn’t get out of bed, that I didn’t go to school, because I dreaded walking through the double doors, to arrive at english class, where I was forced to publicly recite essays, and work that I had put much of my emotions into (which I cried, while I attempted to do so), only to have to display them, to the very people that despised me, because I wouldn’t tell them what happened between us. I kept my word, and I didn’t say a thing about it, a time when everyone wanted to know everyone else’s business, when gossip spread like a forest fire. I was getting so much hate and negative energy thrown my way because I wouldn’t speak about it, I would simply say, “go ask her what happened, I’m not telling”. I could even feel some teachers changing their tune with me, and a friend even got some of the hate from fellow classmates, sometimes. At one point a classmate confessed to me, “I wish I could bring a hammer to school, and hit you over the head with it”. How could I tell the school; the principal? In my mind, at that time, it was called being a knark. Now I know, it’s called standing up for oneself.
Luckily I had friends that stuck by me. That same friend that I was told, would dispose of me, is actually one of the greatest beings in my life. Classmates eventually stopped bullying me, but walking through the school doors was a constant reminder. I would still have this endless anxiety that paralyzed me, and am so thankful I overcame it, with time. After high school, I felt free, and I found myself, and if something like that were to happen again, I know with great certainty, that I would let my voice be heard. Bullying doesn’t just happen by classmates in grade school, it happens in college too, by students and professors, as well as people at your work place. If you feel as though you are being bullied, or you see it happening to someone else, be vocal. There is always someone that will listen, heck I’ll listen!