San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 09, 2012
October is National Bullying Prevention month and Kidpower, a nonprofit leader in bullying-prevention and confidence-building skills education is partnering with the San Francisco District Attorney’s office to co-sponsor a video contest for middle and high school students in San Francisco.
The video contest is called “Bye Bye Bullying” and the submission period goes from Oct. 3rd to Nov. 7th, 2012.
“I feel honored to be part of a community uniting to protect kids from bullying,” says Kidpower’s founder, Irene van der Zande, speaking at the press conference held by San Francisco’s District Attorney George Gascon on Wednesday to offer support for the contest and bullying prevention resources for kids, parents, and teachers. “Any of us would feel stressed and miserable if we believed we were helpless and stuck in a situation where others were being deliberately cruel to us."
As the bullying expert advising the DA’s sub-committee on bullying, van der Zande talked about the effects of bullying, “Being in a frequent state of misery and stress is unhealthy at any age,” she said. “Research on kids who have been bullied indicate that they are at greater risk of academic problems, health problems, and substance abuse problems.”
“This video contest by the DA's office is an important way for adults to show young people that bullying is wrong,” continued van der Zande. “Our goal is to involve young people and adults alike in working together to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and feels safe - and that everyone understands that they are responsible for acting safely and respectfully towards others.”
Student videos will be evaluated by a panel of Judges, including van der Zande. Prizes include iPads, sailing lessons, graffiti art classes and much more. Contest winners will be announced on Dec 4th at a press event and winners will have their videos posted on the San Francisco District Attorney’s website as well as other websites.
For more information on Kidpower's "positive responses to bullying" skills and prevention resources, visit Kidpower's bullying resources page at http://www.Kidpower.org/Bullying/.
Kidpower® is highly recommended by experts worldwide for taking a positive, skills-based approach to preventing bullying, abuse, kidnapping and other violence. Instead of using fear to teach young people about danger, the Kidpower Method™ makes it fun to learn to be safe, building habits that increase the skills and confidence of kids, parents, teachers and other caring adults that can last a lifetime.
Kidpower has served more than 2 million people of all ages and abilities, since its founding in 1989, offering personal safety workshops through more than 20 centers and offices across the US and around the world, safety curriculum for K-12 classrooms, and the Kidpower.org library of free articles, podcasts, videos, blog posts and low-cost publications, which are used by hundreds of thousands of people every year. Visit the kidpower.org website for more information about "people safety" skills for children, teens and adults and training opportunities in your area.