Are you ready to speak up against bullying?
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Are you ready to speak up against bullying?
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Cartoon Network is challenging the public to clear its throat and tell the world "I speak up" in a chorus of 1 million videos. Participants are invited to declare those three words into their mobile devices and share their videos at www.StopBullyingSpeakUp.com, as well as to their own social media platforms using the hashtag ISpeakUp.

The drive is kicking off Cartoon Network's annual Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign, which will culminate during its Speak Up Week, Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 which in turn paves the way for National Bullying Prevention Month in October.

The goal, as Cartoon Network puts it: To collect 1 million user-generated videos that unite the voices of kids, parents, educators, celebrities and government officials, each committing to speak up when someone gets bullied.

Selected videos from participants will become part of campaign spots appearing on Cartoon Network, its digital platforms and Boomerang through October, the network said in making its announcement Thursday. It also will air public-service announcements with anti-bullying themes, and each day an onscreen "I Speak Up" tally will update how many participants have officially gone on record with videos and posts. (The website includes directions for sharing an "I Speak Up" video.)

Joining in the outreach are partner organizations including Boys and Girls Clubs of America, 4-H Clubs, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Federation of Teachers and the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention.

"We think it will be incredibly empowering for kids to know that a million people out there are speaking up for them," says Alice Cahn, Cartoon Network vice president of social responsibility.

While the video campaign is new this year, the network's anti-bullying initiative began in 2010. According to Cahn, it arose from research by the network in which kids said, among all the things that bothered them, that bullying could be most easily addressed if they only had others' support.

Among the kids' messages, according to Cahn: "It's not so much that I'm getting picked on, but I feel so terrible when my friends are picked on and I don't know what to do."

Cartoon Network's year-round "I Speak Out" website provides information resources for kids, parents and educators, all of whom may be primed to intervene when a bully strikes, but may not always know the best way to take action. (Turns out, even if direct confrontation isn't realistic for a kid, a gesture after the fact can be powerful: When the bullying is over, say something nice to the kid who was bullied.)

The campaign targets youngsters of elementary grades through early middle school, Cahn says, when getting bully-savvy can serve them well into high school and beyond.

"When we give them the right social and emotional grounding, it stays with them," she says. "We want to give kids confidence and competence when bullying happens, and to let them know they're not the only one."

Critical thinking challenge: Why is it more effective to unite the voices of kids, parents, educators, celebrities and government officials if its only kids that are victims? How does bullying affect people other than kids?

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COMMENTS (33)
  • melissag-Orv
    9/18/2014 - 10:15 p.m.

    There is so much to say about how wrong bulling is, i like how it said in this article that after you see a kid get bullies say something nice to them. i guess that would help a little but not that much is first the person stands and watches the kid get bullied. i think we should be teaching our young kids that they should be the person to tell the bully to stop and tell an adult. if all are kids did that maybe in this world we wouldn't have so may people with scars on the inside and outside from bulling that may lead to depression.

  • CarsonM-2
    9/18/2014 - 11:34 p.m.

    Cartoon Network has made more than 1 million videos on how to speak up against bullying. Cartoon Network is doing this to show how kids can step up against bullying rather than being picked on all the time. Kids love to watch tv and while watching their favorite show, Cartoon Network can show them how to speak up against bullies. Cartoon Network is also using the words "I speak up" in their 1 million videos.

  • CarsonM-2
    9/18/2014 - 11:35 p.m.

    Cartoon Network has made more than 1 million videos on how to speak up against bullying. Cartoon Network is doing this to show how kids can step up against bullying rather than being picked on all the time. Kids love to watch tv and while watching their favorite show, Cartoon Network can show them how to speak up against bullies. Cartoon Network is also using the words "I speak up" in their 1 million videos.

  • nicolld-Koc
    9/21/2014 - 06:22 p.m.

    i think everyone should speak up if they see bullying going around no one deserves to be bully if i ever see someone getting bully even if i don't know who they are ill try to stop it by myself.

  • panneec-Koc
    9/21/2014 - 08:21 p.m.

    It's awesome that Cartoon Network is promoting this among their viewers. Collecting one million videos is very empowering to spread this message among people and give them a voice. I hope those that are getting bullied will view this and be able to speak up and gain confidence as well.

  • BJMiosotis-Cas
    9/27/2014 - 05:34 p.m.

    I think this is a great idea. I believe that its helping to raise awareness towards bullying and helps kids to speak up against bullying.

  • brandi617
    9/29/2014 - 03:21 p.m.

    I think that the website is a good idea and also using the hash tag. Also I do think that bulling should stop in schools. most people don't realize this but most bulling happens online not and not at school.

  • juliep3
    10/01/2014 - 01:27 p.m.

    Its a good idea that people can stand up for against the bully. Also its a good idea that the Cartoon Networks is supported people who stand up for against the people and its always have a good idea!

  • juliep3
    10/01/2014 - 01:52 p.m.

    Its good idea that the Cartoon Network is supporting for the people who against the bully and for the Cartoon Newtoon with an ads help a lot for the people.

  • 8PARSHADSOLOMON-Flo
    10/18/2014 - 10:15 p.m.

    Bullying is very common in schools. Bullying mostly happens in classrooms and bathrooms. Teachers do nothing about this in my opinion and leave vey few suggestions on how to handle it. Not all situations are handled by telling a adult. If you were to ask a teacher on how to deal with bullying they will tell you to go to a guidance counselor or adult. Bullying to me is a situation in which you never win. If you do get bullied you and the bully will probably get in trouble even though you didn't do anything. Or in my experience the adult wont do anything about it and you might have to do something extreme and you will be suspended. Or you might be publicly humiliated by the bully. For example the bully might take all your clothes while your in the shower and leave you naked. That would be really embarrassing! Bullying is lose/lose situation for the most part. Sometimes you have to fight your own battle and speak up for yourself.

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