Celebrities STOMP Out Bullying With Love Our Children USA
Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaims October 5th BLUE SHIRT DAY
on: September 28, 2009, 11:24 pm
Our Children USA
YORK September 28 2009: Love Our Children USA announced that NYC
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proclaiming October 5th BLUE SHIRT
DAY to signify the importance of National Bullying Prevention
Awareness Week, October 4th – 10th.
Love Our Children USA created
National Blue Shirt Day on Monday, October 5th, where thousands
of kids and adults will wear blue shirts as they make their way
to school or to the office as a grassroots national movement to
STOMP Out Bullying.
organization launched the STOMP Out Bullying Campaign in October,
2008 and its new dedicated Web Site this past Monday. STOMP Out
its efforts to reduce Bullying and Cyberbullying, decrease school
absenteeism and truancy, educate against homophobia and racism
and deter violence in schools, playgrounds and communities across
the country. To date over 53,000 have committed to STOMP Out Bullying
on the site.
It’s not just our politicians
who support STOMP Out Bullying an initiative of Love Our Children
USA, but celebrities are out in full force to help.
Celebrities Demi Lovato, JoJo and the latest children’s
sensation The Oogieloves participate in the public service campaign
which includes TV spots, videos, posters, brochures and wristbands.
Additional celebrities such as Brittany Snow, Naturally 7 and
others are slated to join the ongoing campaign created by the
order to raise funds for bullying and cyberbullying
prevention, education and peer mentoring in schools, Love Our
Children USA is holding its Second Annual Celebrity STOMP Out
Bullying Auction on CharityFolks from October 5th –16th.
This year’s celebrity contributors
include: Elton John, Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Ellen Degeneres,
Phil Collins, Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Bryan Adams,
Metallica, Guster, Dancing With The Stars, American Idol, So You
Think You Can Dance, Bye Bye Birdie, Rock Of Ages, the NJ Nets
“Kids who are intimidated,
threatened, or harmed by bullies often experience low self-esteem
and depression, whereas those doing the bullying may go on to
engage in more serious antisocial behaviors. Some kids are so
traumatized by being bullied, that they contemplate suicide. Bullies
often have been the victims of bullying or other mistreatment
themselves” said Ross Ellis, Love Our Children USA Founder
and Chief Executive Officer. This campaign’s key purpose
is to educate those kids who are being bullied and those who are
bullying, that there are choices for them to get help.
Bullying can be so painful and
clearly has played a role in school shootings across the country.
While boys are more physical, girls use weapons, exclusion, slander,
rumors and gossip.
And cyberbullying is on the rise.
This social online cruelty is used in the forms of e-mail, cell
phone; pager text messages, instant messaging, defamatory personal
Web sites, and defamatory online personal polling Web sites, deliberate,
repeated, and hostile behavior, and is used by an individual or
group -- intended to harm others – especially amongst our
youth. While most kids use the Internet for friendly interactions,
more and more kids are using these communication tools to antagonize,
terrorize and intimidate others.
that to the hazing
going on in high schools and the kids who bring guns to school
and our kids are in even more danger of emotional and physical
• 1 out of 4 kids is Bullied.
• 1 out of 5 kids admits to being a bully, or doing some
• 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary
schools each month.
• More youth violence occurs on school grounds as opposed
to on the way to school.
• 1/3 of students surveyed said they heard another student
threaten to kill someone.
• As many as 160,000 students may stay home on any given
day because they're afraid of their bullies due to the pain of
42% of kids have been bullied while online. 1 in 4 have had it
happen more than once.
• 35% of kids have been threatened online. Nearly 1 in 5
have had it happen more than once.
• 21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mail or
• 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things
to them online.
• 1.5 million high school students are hazed each year
• 91% of all H.S. students belong to at least one group,
and half of them, 48% report being subjected to hazing activities.
• 43% were subjected to humiliating activities and 30% performed
potentially illegal acts as part of their initiation
All of this has everyone worried.
Not just the kids on its receiving end, but the parents, teachers
and others who may not understand how extreme bullying can get.
Love Our Children USA is working aggressively to prevent these
issues and to help the kids and teens affected by it.
Ellis said “STOMP Out Bullying
brings awareness and educates kids, parents and schools about
the issue. It offers hope for every kid who experiences the harmful
effects of bullying and teaches parents to keep open communication
with their children and to look for signs. It also educates school
administrators across the country, who have swept this issue under
the rug for too long.”
also added, “Bullying is a form of child abuse and bullies
are very likely to grow up as adults who abuse children. By educating
our children, we can stop the bullying BEFORE it ever starts.
We are grateful to the entertainment industry and with their help
we can keep kids safe across the country.”
information about bullying and how to help your children and students
can be found at www.loveourchildrenusa.org
Love Our Children USA
Our Children USA is the national nonprofit leader that honors,
respects and protects
children. Its mission is to break the cycle of violence against
children. Love Our Children USA has become ‘the go-to’
prevention organization for all forms of violence and neglect
against children in the U.S. Working to eliminate behaviors that
keep children from reaching their potential, it redefines parenting
and creates kid success by promoting prevention strategies and
positive changes in parenting and family attitudes and behaviors
through public education. Empowering and supporting children,
teens, parents and families through information, resources, advocacy,
and online youth mentoring. Its message is positive ...one of
prevention, empowerment and hope. Since 1999, Love Our Children
USA has paved the way in the prevention of violence and neglect
against children … keeping children safe and strengthening
Love Our Children USA
1.888.347.KIDS (5437) / 212.629.2099