Ross Ellis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of STOMP Out Bullying said: “the voices and support of celebrities who genuinely want to see kids and teens safe makes a huge difference."
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 19, 2012
As October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, STOMP Out Bullying™ announces its annual efforts to raise awareness and prevent bullying in all its forms.
According to Ross Ellis the organization’s founder and Chief Executive Officer, “With the help of the entertainment community, STOMP Out Bullying got off to a great start.”
On October 1st the country and many across the globe joined STOMP Out Bullying™ in it Fourth Annual BLUE SHIRT DAY™ WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION where students, schools, celebrities and others wore blue shirts in solidarity to STOMP Out Bullying. The day was remarkably successful as hundreds of thousands went blue across the globe as far as Canada, the U.K. Portugal and Venezuela. Students are also painting their pinky nails blue for the month of October to STOP THE DRAMA!
Teen celebrities Bella Thorne, Kat McNamara, Nathan Kress, Francia Raisa, Billy Unger, Savannah Jayde, Kenton Duty, Payton Rae and Elizabeth Stanton have been tweeting about the day and are involved in a month-long social media campaign to promote the organizations prevention activities.
In order to raise funds for bullying and digital abuse prevention, education and peer mentoring in schools and to grow the organization’s HelpChat Line, STOMP Out Bullying is holding its Fifth Annual Celebrity STOMP Out Bullying Auction on Heritage Auctions Heritage Auctions/STOMP Out Bullying Auction Page which begins on October 18th and runs through October 31st.
It’s no surprise that celebrities are generous and they care deeply about putting an end to bullying. This year’s auction includes: a VIP package with legend Sir Paul McCartney complete with concert tickets, sitting in on his sound check and a chance to meet the man himself; VIP tickets to the TeenNick Halo Awards Red Carpet Event and a Meet and Greet with Nick Cannon, VIP tickets to the Ellen Show with an Ellen swag bag, Tickets to Celine Dion’s Show in Las Vegas plus dinner at the infamous Rao’s in Las Vegas, Lunch with Disney teen star Bella Thorne of “Shake It Up” at a trendy LA restaurant, VIP Tickets to Dancing With the Stars, a chance to meet Host Tom Bergeron, plus dinner at Mastros in Los Angeles, the preferred steak house of celebrities; Meet With Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Get A Tour Of The Cake Boss’s Production And Distribution Facility, Plus Four Seats To A Baking Class With Marissa Lopez Is Winner Of Next Great Baker; a set visit to CSI:NY with a CSI:NY Swag Bag, Tickets to the Z100 Jingle Ball with a Meet and Greet, Tickets to see Watch What Happens Live and drinks with Andy Cohen --- and much more!
And STOMP Out Bullying Global Ambassador Kat McNamara (star of the movie “Contest” due to be released next summer) created a powerful PSA about students being “Upstanders.” Additionally Kyle Dean Massey (also a star of the movie “Contest”) appeared with STOMP Out Bullying founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Ellis on Good Day New York to talk about the month’s activities and its initiative with Aeropostale who created bracelets to Stop the drama, end the hate and STOMP Out Bullying which they gave away to their customers.
Ross Ellis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of STOMP Out Bullying said: “Raising awareness can be done in so many ways, but when you have the support of celebrities who genuinely want to see kids and teens safe, their voices truly make a huge difference. We are very grateful to all of the celebrities who support this auction and our work throughout the year, because they all know how very critical it is to end bullying and keep our youth safe, as well as to stop all those who are at-risk for suicide.”
Other celebrities and those in the entertainment industry who have supported the annual auction include: Elton John, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, John Cusack, Bryan Adams, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Metallica, Michael Buble, Donny and Marie, ABC TV, Nigel Lythgoe, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Ashleigh Banfield, Maria Sansone, Cameron Mathison, and others.
And to date the STOMP Out Bullying™ Global Ambassadors include: Nick Cannon, Brittany Snow, Taye Diggs, Sean Kingston, Lance Bass, Emily Osment, JoJo, Tyler Blackburn, Kat McNamara, Katie LeClerc, Melissa Joan Hart, Maria Sansone, Payton Rae, Carolina Bermudez ,Kristen Alderson, Brittany Underwood and Coy Stewart.
Since 2005 STOMP Out Bullying™, has been the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S. It focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying; as well as educating kids and teens in school and online, providing help for those in need and at risk of suicide, raising awareness and offers peer mentoring programs in schools
The program offers kids and teens a safe haven and solutions. From information and resources, to a 24/7 HelpChat line for kids and teens who are bullied, digitally harassed and at-risk for suicide, to an online area where they can talk about bullying, get involved in social media efforts and share their stories and videos on our Web site, become peer mentors at school, raise awareness and offer students their own way to end this issue with our online Student Participation Toolkit and raise awareness on BLUE SHIRT DAY™ WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION.
In fact since its HelpChat Line began in June, 2011, to date -- STOMP Out Bullying™ has helped over 4300 students and saved the lives of 62.
Ross Ellis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of STOMP Out Bullying™ 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."
She also stated that “Bullying can be so painful and clearly has played a role in many recent suicides across the country. And with digital harassment 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 individuals or groups intended to harm our youth. We cannot let one more youth take their life.”
1 out of 4 kids are bullied, 9 out of 10 LGBT kids are harassed every day, depending on the students age, up to 40% of students are harassed online and 8% of kids stay home from school everyday for fear of being bullied.
Bullies and cyberbullies can have low self-esteem or even very high self-esteem, but they also 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 said “STOMP Out Bullying offers hope for every student 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 failed our youth and must commit to helping them.”
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.
Celebrities and the entertainment industry use their names and voices in various ways and play a big part in helping us to keep youth safe across the country and to STOMP Out Bullying.
About STOMP Out Bullying™
The leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organizationprogram for kids and teens in the U.S. Created in 2005, STOMP Out Bullying™ focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying; as well as educating kids and teens in school and online, providing help for those in need and at risk of suicide, raising awareness, peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns.