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MEDIA ALERT

Blue Shirt Day – World Day of Bullying Prevention is October 4th

NEW YORK October 1, 2010: Love Our Children USA announced that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is proclaiming October 4th BLUE SHIRT DAY – DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION to signify the importance of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week, October 3rd – 9th with bullying prevention activities taking place throughout the month.

National Blue Shirt Day – World Day of Bullying Prevention is observed on the first Monday of every October and is an initiative of STOMP Out Bullying, a signature program of Love Our Children USA.

This year kids, teens and adults are being asked to make October 4th the day that bullying prevention is heard around the world by wearing a Blue Shirt in solidarity to STOMP Out Bullying.

Several schools are participating in the day and this will be the second year for Scripps Ranch High School and the first year for St. James High School. Kids can get involved by creating World Day of Bullying Prevention - Blue Shirt Day and STOMP Out Bullying events.

Kids, teens and adults all over Facebook and Twitter are joining in announcing that they’ll be wearing blue on Monday, October 4th. Teen singer and actress Lauren J. Irwin and her mom Carol even spread the word in the U.K. There are many ways to get involved.

This is the second annual Blue Shirt Day and we hope to see a sea of blue throughout the world.

Ross Ellis, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Love Our Children USA who created STOMP Out Bullying said: “We must put an end to bullying and cyberbullying now. The hatred, cruelty and intolerance can no longer continue. And in light of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who took his life last week after being cyber assaulted by his roommate and his friend this is a tragic yet timely reminder that collectively we must STOMP Out all forms of Bullying.

Love Our Children USA launched the STOMP Out Bullying program in 2005 which focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism and truancy, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country.  Funds go towards education, peer mentoring programs in schools, celebrity public service announcements to raise awareness, and online and social media campaigns. 

STOMP Out Bullying offers kids and teens a safe haven. From information and resources, to education, an online area where kids and teens can talk about bullying, to getting involved in social media efforts, signing a petition, a pledge for younger kids, and our world initiative: raising awareness on Blue Shirt Day – World Bullying Prevention Day (the first Monday of every October), STOMP Out Bullying offers help and solutions.

It’s not just our politicians who support the STOMP Out Bullying program, celebrities are out in full force to participate in its annual online Celebrity STOMP Out Bullying Auction on charitybuzz.com.
Ross Ellis said: "Kids who are intimidated, threatened, or harmed by bullies and cyberbullies often experience low self-esteem and depression. Some kids are so tormented that suicide has become an alternative for them. It has everyone worried. Not just the kids on its receiving end, but the parents and others who may not understand how extreme bullying can get. Parents, teachers and school administrators must take caution and sensitivity in handling these issues."

Bullying can be so painful and clearly has played a role in many recent suicides across the country. And cyberbullying is in full force with the use of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and other sites popular with kids and teens. This social online cruelty is used by an individual or group intended to harm our youth.

Bullies and cyerbullies may have low self-esteem or even very high self-esteem, but they also usually come from homes of violence, anger and other maladies.

Bystanders are the kids and teens who witness the bullying and do nothing. The victims, the bullies and the bystanders must get help.

Ellis added: “It’s bad enough when kids and teens are being bullied and cyberbullied but with so many suicides as a result of this epidemic, bullying and cyberbullying are out of control. Our youths must realize that teasing and humiliating others is not a joke. And they must be educated to fully understand that no matter what – whether someone is gay, straight, or if their skin is any different color than theirs, it doesn’t matter because we are ALL people.”

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! As a country we cannot do nothing and wait for the next tragedy.  Our schools can no longer sweep this under the rug saying it’s up to parents to make sure their kids and teens don’t act on hatred and cruelty. We must act now and fight for anti-bullying curriculum in our schools.

Statistics

  • 1 out of 4 kids are bullied
  • 43% of teens, 97%of middle schoolers and 47% of older teens 18-24 are cyberbullied
  • Over 160,000 kids stay home from school everyday for fear of being bullied
  • 1.5 million high school students are hazed each year

Ellis said “STOMP Out Bullying 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.”

According to Ellis: “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.”

About Love Our Children USA
Love Our Children USA is the national nonprofit leader and ‘Go-To’ prevention organization fighting all forms of violence and neglect against children in the U.S. Since 1999, Love Our Children USA has broken ground in preventing violence against children and eliminating behaviors that keep them from reaching their full potential. Love Our Children USA teaches effective parenting solutions and fosters kid success by creating valuable programs that empower positive changes in parenting and family attitudes, bullying and cyberbullying prevention, Internet safety and school violence prevention through public education.

About STOMP Out Bullying
STOMP Out Bullying™ - A national anti-bullying and cyberbullying program for kids and teens is a signature program of Love Our Children USA. It focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism and truancy, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. 

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