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 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. 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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COMMENTS (214)
  • Savannah989
    9/12/2014 - 10:45 a.m.

    Bullying is still a problem today. It causes depression that can lead to death. If we all speak up, we can prevent it. I was cyber bullied, but their words didn't hurt me. Yes, they Stung, but I did the mature thing. I deleted their rude remark and blocked them. If kids see that if they stand up and stay strong, good thing happen.

  • patricialr
    9/12/2014 - 10:47 a.m.

    The more people that stands up to bullying the better everything might get. Bullying is wrong and people should no that you should put your self in that position and see how it feels.

  • AlexB.48
    9/12/2014 - 11:03 a.m.

    I feel there is less bullying these days because of these actions taken. Even if there still is bullying, this also encourages kids to stand up for others. I think it is more affective to combine the voices of everyone so that the victims of bullies know that everyone else in on their side.

  • Jenny813
    9/12/2014 - 11:52 a.m.

    I think that bullying should STOP. Because your just hearting peoples feelings. One day there going to be saying stuff about you and it is going to heart your feelings to.SO STOP THE BULLYING.

  • orahf-
    9/12/2014 - 12:31 p.m.

    The story was about someone who was getting bullying so she was sad. People should not bullying people because it is not nice. That is being mean to people that get bullying are very not happy to get bullying. Someone people do not like to get picked on by friends.

  • brady.q-
    9/12/2014 - 12:43 p.m.

    The story is all about bulling the kids got bullied more than adults the pertns have to speak up for there kids so they don't get bullied at high school to stop bulling i think is very scary and very wrong the kids should tell the teacher and the gudnice and the principal

  • Marissa C 12
    9/12/2014 - 02:11 p.m.

    education: The more people stand up to bullying the better everything might get better. Bullying is wrong and people should put your self in that position. the more people stand up against bullying the better the schools will get.

    Critical thinking challenge: Bullying affect's the kids because it makes them feel bad.

  • mevans-Hof
    9/12/2014 - 02:29 p.m.

    After reading the article "Are you ready to speak up against bullying" I believe that this story was phenomenal. I think this article was inspiring because everyone at one time had gotten bullied and they might not known and by putting it on tv it might help prevent some of it. They had an amazing idea to put it on national television so everyone could see it. It's good that they put it on a kids channel so that maybe when the bully is watching cartoons and this commercial comes on they can see how many people r speaking up and saying they are against bullying so maybe they would stop.

  • emmah-Mil
    9/12/2014 - 03:32 p.m.

    Bullying is bad. I think that whoever bullies people should have the same thing that they did to bully someone be done to them. I think people that bully do it to make themselves feel better. I also think that some people dont know that they are making others feel bad. I just hope that the people that get bullied stand up and dont let these people all over them.

  • oscar f5
    9/12/2014 - 05:19 p.m.

    Education: 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


    Who ever bullys is a bad person most people end up suciding this of that one youtube video "To this day" it talks about how Shane nearly suicides because of bulling and he still is feeling hurt because of the bulling and he has a wife he met and then she started getting harassed in school for dating him and she started to have he suicidal thoughts aswell and she was never not bullied they were always getting beaten up, shot by spitballs, and constantly harassed.

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