BYOU “Be Your Own You” Magazine Supports National Bullying Prevention Month

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The girls’ self-esteem magazine, BYOU “Be Your Own You,” supports girls nationwide with an additional dose of healthy self-esteem for National Bullying Prevention Month this October as it brings attention to the much-needed topic of inner beauty, encouraging girls to not negatively judge the external appearance of others or themselves.

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Statistics show that bullying is at an all-time high with 1 out of 4 kids being bullied and up to 90% of girls struggling with low self-esteem issues.

The girls’ self-esteem magazine, BYOU “Be Your Own You,” supports girls nationwide with an additional dose of healthy self-esteem for National Bullying Prevention Month this October as it brings attention to the much-needed topic of inner beauty, encouraging girls to not negatively judge the external appearance of others or themselves. Statistics show that bullying is at an all-time high with 1 out of 4 kids being bullied and up to 90% of girls struggling with low self-esteem issues.

"I believe there is a direct correlation between bullying and low self-esteem, regardless of whether it’s the bully, the victim, or the bystander,” states BYOU Magazine Founder and Publisher, Debra Gano. “To solve the bullying issue, we need to solve the low self-esteem issue with our children across the board. A child with a strong sense of self will not bully others, will not allow herself to be bullied, or will not stand by and watch others be harassed. It’s urgent we take proactive measures to empower our girls to keep them safe – bullying is not only uncomfortable to experience, it can become dangerous and life-threatening.”

According to a British survey, at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying. BYOU Magazine highlights a regular advice column by Teen Anti-Bullying Advocate Cassandra Perkins, herself a victim of bullying and who lost a friend to a bullying-related suicide. Her passion is to educate kids on the increasing dangers of cyber bullying – 43% of students having been bullied while online. “Kids will be much meaner behind their computers than they would face-to-face, yet it’s just as real,” states Perkins. “Words are words – and they WILL hurt you.” Her column in the October/November issue of BYOU Magazine advises girls on dealing with having their appearance rated on Facebook and other places.

BYOU Magazine’s October/November issue features pop-singer and Dove Movement for Self-Esteem partner Jessica Jarrell, who not only shares what it was like to tour with Justin Bieber but also talks about her own struggles and offers sound advice for girls. “Be happy with yourself and don’t let other people’s negative comments make you believe anything else,” advises Jarrell.

Also featured are Disney’s “So Random” stars Allisyn Arm and Audrey Whitby, who offer friendship tips in their regular “Girl Talk” column and warn girls about ‘Frenemies’ – someone who pretends to be your friend but treats you like an enemy. Says Allisyn, “Popularity is unimportant if your so-called friends say hurtful things to you. It’s never worth it to be bullied just to try to keep an unhealthy friendship going.”

BYOU Magazine is distributed in booksellers throughout the US and Canada and available by subscription for $17.97 at http://www.BYOUmagazine.com.

ABOUT BYOU MAGAZINE:
BYOU “Be Your Own You” Magazine inspires ‘tween’ girls ages 8-15, with a mission to build self-esteem in girls in fun and powerful ways. It features positive celebrity role models, ‘real’ girls making a difference, and informative articles to help navigate distressing issues girls face today such as bullying, friendships, peer pressure, and body image. It also gives girls opportunities to be featured themselves and entertains with games, contests, giveaways and more – all with the objective of empowering and building self-esteem. Founded by Debra Gano - national self-esteem expert, best-selling author of Beauty’s Secret: A Girl’s Discovery of Inner Beauty, and former professional model/actress - BYOU Magazine gives girls the freedom to be themselves, to know their value, and to inspire them to not only make their own lives more fulfilling and joyful, but to make the world a better place. It is distributed nationally through Barnes & Noble and other bookstores or available by subscription at http://www.BYOUmagazine.com. The magazine’s message is reinforced with Be Your Own You positive-messaging apparel available at http://www.BeYourOwnYou.com.

BYOU Magazine Founder & Publisher Debra Gano and the teen celebrities are available for media interviews - please call (855) BYOU-MAG (296-8624) for more information.

ABOUT NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH:
What started as an awareness week initiated by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in October 2006, National Bullying Prevention Month has evolved into a month’s worth of events and activities to raise awareness and provide the latest resources to those who need it. National partners in 2006 included the National Education Association , National PTA , American Federation for Teachers , and National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education . PACER recognized that students, parents, and people throughout the country needed to become more aware of the serious consequences of bullying. The point of National Bullying Prevention Month was to transform a society that accepts bullying into a society that recognizes that bullying must – and can – be addressed through education and support. For more information, visit http://www.stopbullying.gov.

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