It’s important to share our stories so that we can learn from them.
Beachwood, Ohio (PRWEB) June 27, 2012
Teens familiar with bullying can enter “My Bullying Story,” a new writing contest from Your Teen Magazine for parents and teenagers.
Different perspectives are welcome – whether someone was bullied or played a role in bullying others. Additionally, the contest is open to bystanders who took no action and upstanders who stepped in to intervene in some manner.
Each entry must be 600 words or less. Your Teen Magazine staff will select the best three that will be printed in the fall issue of Your Teen. Runner-ups will be published online. Stories will be judged based on three criteria – the bully story, how you responded to the incident(s), and whether you would handle it differently in retrospect.
Stories can not have been previously published. The contest will continue through July 10, 2012. Entries can be submitted here: bullying(at)yourteenmag(dot)com
“We recognize that bullying comes in many different forms,” Editor-In-Chief/Publisher Susan Borison says. “Our contest is a good way to share diverse stories that show the profound effect bullying has on teenagers, parents and society.”
Bullying can take many shapes: it can be obvious or subtle, face-to-face or in writing, physical or verbal, Borison says. But it can also extend to cyberbullying or online harassment.
“We want to hear from everyone – individuals who were bullied as well as people who hurt others, intervened or simply looked the other way,” she says. “It’s important to share our stories so that we can learn from them.”
Bullies target a wide range of victims. Some are obese, others have learning disabilities and sometimes people are bullied because of their sexual orientation. The U.S. Department of Education estimates that 160,000 children have stayed at home because of bullying. In some cases, bullying has been tied to suicides.
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Your Teen addresses the challenges inherent in raising teens and helps parents to continue the journey toward the goal of successful parenting. In the magazine format, parents can pose questions, offer personal tactics and hear the different perspectives of professionals, other parents, and teenagers on relevant topics. Your Teen hopes to ease the worry.