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— 2022 Top Entry, Kids and Teens Talk About Bullying —

The Gameshow - No Bull, No Bullying!

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Upstanders

Why did we participate in the video contest?

Upstanders started this school year to respond to an overwhelming need to address bullying within the school setting. Graciously, our school's SRO Officer has jumped on board to help. She has been an integral part of coordinating, educating, and assisting me in this endeavor. Our goal is to educate students about the impacts of bullying, not only from the target's perspective but also from the bystander's perspective and the bully's perspective, because bullying hurts all involved. Our vision is to create an environment where students have decided to “Be part of the solution!” The students will be responsible for creating a culture in our school in which students are either part of the problem or they are part of the solution. There is no middle ground. Leaders will emerge from this group as students who stand up for their peers and do not tolerate any form of bullying. We also have had an amazing response from students! Approximately 54 fifth grade students out of 92 have participated since we began. We have had real, meaningful conversations about bullying. Students have so many questions and need a forum, a safe place to have this conversation.

The Gameshow – No Bull, No Bullying!

What impact did creating the video have on those involved?

I believe that while the students were rehearsing the scripts and creating the videos, they were educating themselves. They were being asked to think deeply about the message and how to convey it in a way that would make people listen.

What advice do you have for others who want to be part of making real change in the world?

Making the video impacted me because I learned that these videos can change people’s lives. The advice I have is to never give up and don’t take advantage of others. It makes people feel good!
-Ethan G.

The advice I would give is to think of all of the people that you could affect!
-Chris H.

The advice that I would give is to change, you need to face your problems and obstacles. Have the courage to be brave.
-Amanda L.

Doing the video made me realize how bad bullying is.
-Jason B.

Doing the video impacted me because it made me think that I was doing a good thing. My advice is doing a good thing in the world is important. Don’t stop!
-Dylan V.

The advice I have for others is to be brave, do the right thing and have courage. Also, always be kind and don’t be a bystander, be an upstander.
-Brianna C.

Making the video made me feel good by talking to my friends and working together.
-Amana L.

My advice is to not let anyone stop you! Don’t give up. Don’t think that you are going to get into trouble for doing the right thing!
-Sofia F.

My advice to those who want to change the world is to always believe and be yourself.
-Sophia C.

Making the video helped me get a better understanding of what bullying is and I learned how bullying can make someone feel. Some advice I would have for others who want to make a change in the world is to start slowly, like saying good morning or complimenting someone.
-Vinny A.

The impact that creating the video had on me was it helped me realize how much bullying can affect someone’s life. The advice I have for people who want to change the world is keep doing what you’re doing. Even though your friends might think this is silly, be a leader, not a follower. You could be someone’s hero.
-Jack S.

I learned that bullying happens all of the time. Don’t be a bystander. Don’t be afraid to stand up for others.
-Sofia P.

Making the video made me feel good to be able to show people what bullying is. My advice is don’t give up, try your hardest and think outside the box.
-Mya S.