We have reached a point where the effects of bullying in the United States have produced a rallying cry and a call to arms of groups that are coming together to help in any way that they can. Two groups that have recently come together to try to help are Young Adult authors and Musicians.
70 personal essays on bullying contributed by Young Adult authors in Dear Bully, an anthology which launched today, September 6, 2011. The anthology was edited by Megan Kelley Hall (Sisters of Misery and The Lost Sister) and Carrie Jones (Need and Entice). The essays discuss bullying from many different angles, as some of the writers were bullied, some were bullies and others witnessed bullying. The goal is that readers of Dear Bully will see that they are not alone. A portion of the proceeds will go to the anti-bullying organization Stomp Out Bullying.
Musicians Opposed to Bullying (M.O.B.)
This website was inspired by the tragic death of Brandon Bitner and others who have been bullied into depression and worse. M.O.B. was created as a way to help spread a message of tolerance, understanding and inclusion. From the home page of the M.O.B.:
"As a music industry we have come together in support of aid to Africa, Tsunami relief, the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Haiti relief, just to name a few causes. I believe it's time for us to preserve our future and help the youth of our nation. Bullying has gotten out of hand and needs to be stopped."
The M.O.B. website includes Video PSAs, resources, information, links and more.
A young teenage musician, 18 year-old singer Taylor Bright, recently premiered her new music video Psycho, about a teenage girl being stalked. The message is one of self empowerment and the Musicians Opposed to Bullying chose to feature Psycho on their website. It is a much more serious song than her pop-rock debut two years ago of "Striped Socks".
You can watch the music video Psycho at the original post of YA Authors and Musicians Take on Bullying at Connect with Your Teens through Pop Culture and Technology
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