|Jun 13, 2012|
School children fight bullying through various media
Children of all ages are affected by bullying, and are approaching anti-bullying solutions in new ways. From writing books to making videos, kids are finding a new voice to focus on how to preventing bullying, and fighting it the best way they can.
According to the Tri-County Times, a recent video by two high school students in Fenton, Michigan, which addressed bullying at their school, had become popular on YouTube before being taken down. Part of a class project, the video consisted of interviews with fellow students and commentary by Abby Barnard and Kirsten Humitz, the creators, about bullying activities they and their classmates had experienced or knew about. The project consisted of 30 student interviews and hours of footage.
"A lot of people just opened up about it," Humitz told the news source about the interviews. "We didn’t think people would want to actually talk about it." The video highlights the differing views of the student body as well, with some students arguing that bullying isn't an issue in their school.
The video was made private by request of the school, as some of the students in it are minors and permission slips for participation and parental approval were not all returned at the time it was uploaded.
Another, even younger child recently made a stand against bullying as well, according to St. Louis Today. Eleven-year old Matthew Montgomery recently penned a 150-page science fiction novel for children, regarding bullies. The story focuses on a diverse group of bullied children from different planets using their special abilities to save Earth from evil, according to the news source.
Matthew said that the story was influenced by his own experiences with bullies, as well as his interest in space, aliens and science. His parents, according to the news source, fully supported the venture, and also hired an editor and artist to create the cover.
Other schools can help their students cope with the facts about bullying through education and improved anti-bullying strategies as well. One tool that can help students feel safer is uTip, the Bully Buster. uTip provides an anonymous bullying reporting service that allows students to send a text message to school officials when a bullying incident occurs, removing the fear of repercussion that holds many youths back from reporting a bully.