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 tell the world "I speak up" in a chorus of 1 million videos. Participants are invited to say those three words into their mobile devices. Then share their videos at, 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. It will culminate during its Speak Up Week, Sept. 29 through Oct. 3. That in turn paves the way for National Bullying Prevention Month in October.

Here's 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, the network said. Each day an onscreen "I Speak Up" tally will update how many participants have 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. They include 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 of Cartoon Network.

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 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."

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

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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  • mf117-Sch
    9/10/2014 - 08:31 p.m.

    In response to "Are you ready to speak up against bullying?" I agree that Cartoon Network should challenge the public by telling the world about the I Speak Up Campaign. In the article it says,"Cartoon Network is challenging the public to tell the world "I speak up" in a chorus of 1 million videos." Also I think that it's a good idea for Cartoon Network to keep talking about bulling on their channel or website. A third reason why I agree with Cartoon Network's challenge is because, they are letting celebrities know about this organization.So kids who look up to these celebrities will listen to them.Even though bullying is hard to stop I think the United States can stop it for good.

  • lg217-Sch
    9/10/2014 - 09:54 p.m.

    In response to "Are You Ready To Speak Up Against Bullying," I agree that ''Stop Bullying and Speak Up"campaign would be a great idea for kids that are getting bullied. One reason I agree is that a campaign would help because the more people participate, speak out, and take action the more power and results we have to prevent bullying . Another reason is to continue to have the campaign on going in order for the kids that are being bullied to be stronger and know that they have people who support them. It says in the article "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 of Cartoon Network. A third reason is for everybody to understand that bullying is very dangerous as many kids end up dead because of the pressure from bullying.These kids become sick,embarrassed,and very hurt inside and this is affecting their future. Even though bullying is a horrible thing that our country deals with, I think we can stop it by working together and come up with solutions to fix this problem.

  • jeremiahj-Ros
    9/11/2014 - 12:50 p.m.

    I am glad that Cartoon Network did anti-bullying because bullying is not a laughing matter. I would never bully people because it would make them uncomfortable and I don't want to get in trouble. I hope the bullies read this article to stop bullying or realize it for themselves.

  • km1999bieber
    9/11/2014 - 01:03 p.m.

    I think its more effective to unite the voices of kids parents and others because even if the kids are the only victim , by telling other people it could help prevent or stop bullying from happening . and if they see someone being a bully or getting bullied they could do something to stop it. bullying affects people other than kids because when a kid is being bullied a parent or another adult might hear about it and be affected by it too.

  • Kaylina-Stu
    9/11/2014 - 01:04 p.m.

    I'm against bullying, people need to stand up if they see someone getting bullied they need to tell someone. If I saw someone getting bullied I would tell, but it would be hard to tell.

  • TR2001golden
    9/11/2014 - 01:07 p.m.

    I think it's about time kids speak up for themselves if they are being bullied. And if someone is seeing a kid being bullied, they should go tell a teacher or an adult. If you think that is tattle telling, it's not.

  • Kaylina-Stu
    9/11/2014 - 01:19 p.m.

    I'm all against bullying. If you see someone get pushed down, if you see someone got a mean text will you give them some kind words, I would help them.

  • JennyGBlue
    9/11/2014 - 01:48 p.m.

    I am super happy that people are actually trying to stop the insanity that is bullying. I would love if it actually stopped, because it actually causes people to kill themselves, which is very sad. Stop the bullying! Woohoo!

  • BriannaM11102001
    9/11/2014 - 03:32 p.m.

    That's a really good idea to speak up to bullies. If I was bullied I would be scared to speak up to them. But I shouldn't be scared. Thanks for standing up and saying something. Now I'm not that scared anymore. Sometimes I have really bad days. I'm sorry that you were bullied.

  • bg217-Sch
    9/11/2014 - 05:21 p.m.

    I think it's great that Cartoon Network is helping kids all over the America speak up to bullying. I think its great because since Cartoon Network is a very popular channel, more people will get the courage they need to speak up and change there's and other peoples lives. In the article, the author stated that Cahn feels bad when she gets bullied, but not as bad as when she sees other people getting bullied, but she just don't no what to do. This proves that if she sees the stop bullying videos on Cartoon Network, she'll know how to speak up for her herself and other people. As a result, less people will be bullied. In conclusion I hope bullying will stop once and for all.

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