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Learning to Like Myself

Posted: 10/21/2013

I am a child psychologist and I am obese. I had gastric bypass surgery and lost 150 pounds. I have kept it off for over 8 years, but am still overweight. I want to point out that adults can also bully children!

One of my most painful childhood memories was when I was 11 years old. I was at a regular checkup with the pediatrician, a highly respected doctor in my community. At the end of the exam he told me I needed to lose weight because boys don’t like fat girls........

Those words impacted my self esteem for years until I learned to like myself. I then focused on getting my doctoral degree in child psychology so I could help children overcome their own struggles with such devastating views.

By: Anonymous

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Stop

Posted: 10/20/2013

Quieres que te oigan
quieres que te entiendan
y nadie te quiere escuchar
tienes mucho miedo de decir las cosas
y tu corazon no da mas
pero hoy se fuerte y valiente
ya no calles lo que esta mal
mira hacia el cielo y hacia el frente
y ya no te vuelvas atras

Coro:
Dile no no no
Dile stop stop stop
a los que tus suenos quieren robar x2

Dile no no no
Dile stop stop stop
al bullying ya nunca mas

Eres importante aunque no lo entiendas
pues tu vida tiene valor
Eres un diamante dentro de una piedra
que ha guardado tanto dolor
pero hoy se fuerte y valiente
ya no calles lo que esta mal
mira hacia el cielo y hacia el frente
y ya no te vuelvas atras

No a la violencia
si a la vida
No al acoso si al amor
No a la tristeza si a la belleza
Que Dios puso en tu interior

English translation and adaptation by Joel Angel Hernandez.

Verse 1
You want to be heard
You need someone to understand
But seems like nobody cares
You are so afraid
To open up your heart
Your feeling can’t wait to explode

Pre-Chorus
But you can be stronger
Today be bolder
Can’t hide no more
What is unfair
Look up to heaven
This is your moment
There’s no more turning around

Chorus:
Say No, no, no
Say Stop, stop, stop
To the ones that shattered your dreams
Say No, no, no
Say Stop, stop, stop
No more bullying what you need is our love.

Verse 2:
You are a gift from heaven
You are really important
You are more than you really know
You are a precious diamond
Hidden in a rock
Covered with the dust of your pain.

Pre-Chorus
But you can be stronger
Today be bolder
Can’t hide no more
What is unfair
Look up to heaven
This is your moment
There’s no more turning around

Chorus:
Say No, no, no
Say Stop, stop, stop
To the ones that shattered your dreams
Say No, no, no
Say Stop, stop, stop
No more bullying what you need is our love.

Bridge:
No to violence and yes to life
No to hate and yes to love
No more sadness and yes to the beauty
That was given to you by God.

By: Nicole Herrera

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Being Our True Selves

Posted: 10/17/2013

I’ve been bullied for many, many years. I actually don’t remember a year in my life when I haven't been bullied... At first, I just kind of shrugged it off and went on with my life. But after a while, it continued to build up, and I started to act out. I was skipping school, my grades were suffering, and I was becoming very short tempered. Nothing was going right, really. Then, when I was 14 year old, I was selected to go to a Disney Friends For Change camp in Arizona. There, I learned about bullying and leadership. I learned that I truly can make a difference in my community, and that bullying CAN in fact be stopped. So, when I came back to my community, I started to do something. I taught a multitude of seminars at some of the local colleges and universities, teaching the importance of sticking together and standing up to the bullies. I told my students that our words and actions can impact anybody and everybody. To date, I’ve taught over 20 seminars on bullying, and I’ve taught about a thousand students, ranging from ages 10-60. I have also started a social justice club in my school. At first, there were only about 15 students, but after only a couple of short months, there are almost 40 students involved with the club! I also got my school to be a We School and got us tickets to We Day. The reaction in my community has been so positive and supportive, it’s truly fabulous. I just hope that I can do more for the community, and help to create a movement to wipe out bullying in my community. I have Free the Children and Disney to thank for my success. Without them, I don’t know where I would be today. I also want all of those who have been bullied to know that they are not alone. They’re not alone, and we will one day be bully-free. We'll be able to be our true selves and have a good life, once more.

By: Laura

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Do You Know Who I Am?

Posted: 10/15/2013

My name is Amaranthia Gittens-Jones. I was bullied since the day I moved back to America from Tokyo, Japan at age 7. I am now 14. I dealt with stress from bullying at school for this entire time period and became very sick because of it. In order to cope I used my artistic ability and created many original pieces of art. This year in 7th grade, I decided not to accept bullying in my life anymore. However, I was bullied throughout the year. It was a fight to continue getting good grades and to stay in school. My stress level was very high and I was traumatized and tested positive for an autoimmune disorder months later. In the last few months my life truly changed. Through it all, I continued to produce more art. I am no longer in Public School and am now home schooled. My Mom created a webpage telling my story and she has used it to help me recover and heal. I have donated my artwork to help other people. I’m doing 4-5 solo art shows with 20-25 art pieces in them including at the New Hampshire Technical Institute’s gallery, Concord, New Hampshire in January 2014. My goal was to have a solo art show at some point in my teenage life but now I have more than I expected. I am going to continue to help others by donating my art or money from my art sales. Bullying prevention is important to me because I became very sick from it. “Do You Know Who I Am?” is a project i created to heal as well as to share my story and raise awareness. I want to help other kids who are having problems or who are sick because of bullying. Kids can download my project as a PDF template from my website and use their talents to share their stories to fight back against bullying. I hope my story will inspire them. See my Youtube Anti-Bullying message and my website information here: http://youtu.be/hYRm1Mrbj-w

This photo shows the characters “Giro and Kazune” from my Comic/Manga work in progress “Kuboro.” Part of the story deals with bullying in a school in the year 2025. Giro helps Kazune, who is very shy, to come out of her shell. See KuboroDKode website here: http://kuboro.wordpress.com

By: Amaranthia Gittens-Jones

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Turning My Experience Into Song

Posted: 10/14/2013

“Her” is about a personal story during my junior year of high school. I was caught in between family conflict, abuse, seeing my sister delve into drugs, and seeing my eldest sister taken advantage by guys, and I was made fun a lot in school. I had no friends. There was one other peer that talked me out of it through Facebook messaging. Afterwards, I wanted to be her friend because I thought she was genuine and would listen. Unfortunately, she did not feel the same. She got caught in the high school mentality...It made me depressed but I want to be able to help other kids who are in despair.

Listen to Stephanie’s song, “Her.”

By: Stephanie

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My Bullying Story

Posted: 10/14/2013

My Bullying Story

By: Bianca Inez

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Define Yourself

Posted: 10/10/2013

As an educator in a middle school, I see the effects of bullying on a daily basis. My 11 year old son has been greatly affected by bullying. From having his glasses broken by another kid, to being poked fun of and pushed around. I was so proud of him for the insight he offered with this collaboration. He picked the quote to use from Firestone, and explained how he believed the photo represented breaking out of the cycle of bullying and no longer covering up who you really are. The two of us just hope that this poster can help raise awareness and give someone else the strength to believe in themselves.

By: Stephanie Necessary

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UNITY

Posted: 10/9/2013

It seems
That everything is as worse as it can get.
It seems
That things will never get better.
It all seems
Hopeless and useless.
Nowhere to run,
Nowhere to hide.

But it's not true.
You have people
All around you
Willing to help
And willing to lend an ear
To hear you out
And a shoulder
To let you cry it all out.

You never are alone,
Always remember,
There is someone there
To help you
No matter what.
United we stand
Forever
And always

By: Liang

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STAND UP

Posted: 10/8/2013

This is a song by Joel, called “Stand Up.” He played his electric and acoustic guitar, wrote and sang this song. He wrote it to have an acoustic intro with an electric rock chorus in order to create a “call to action” to those who are being bullied and feel scared.

Joel was picked on because he is smaller than those in his class and has long hair and likes Rock n Roll and the arts. He came home telling his mom and dad about how this group was picking on him, making fun of him and making him feel bad about himself. His mom and dad said to him “why don’t you write a song about it and tell them.” He takes solace in being criticized by focusing on his music and acting, and believes that he can truly make a difference with his music and acting.

Listen to “Stand Up”

By: Anonymous

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KEEP YOUR FAITH

Posted: 10/7/2013

Why is it
the smallest things
hurt us so much,
and tear us down?

Why
you cannot fight,
you cannot hide,
you cannot run?

Keep your faith,
there is no going back,
you never know,
how things will turn out.

If you have a dream,
go with your heart,
you are not what you seem,
you are strong and smart.

And one day,
that smallest thing,
that hurts you so much,
it will go away.

Keep your faith,
there is no going back,
you never know,
how things will turn out.

By: Emma

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