Speak Up, an original documentary from Cartoon Network, captures the authentic, everyday stories of America’s bullied kids and the youth who have helped them. The half-hour film is an extension of the network’s nationally recognized and award-winning pro-social initiative Stop Bullying: Speak Up, which seeks to empower all kids to take part in the growing movement to help bring an end to bullying. This moving, thoughtful and hopeful program consists of candid interviews with kids, mostly between the ages of 8 and 13 years old, who either are or have been the target of bullies, bystanders in a bullying situation or even bullies themselves. Demonstrating remarkable courage to speak openly and honestly about their own experiences, these brave youngsters offer empathy, strength and reassurance for all victims of bullying, as well as to bystanders, with a clear message that speaking up is the best way to bring about an end to bullying.
Additionally, the young hosts of Cartoon Network’s Dude, What Would Happen (CJ Manigo, Ali Sepasyar and Jackson Rogow); Chris Webber (Five-time NBA All-Star); Matt Wilhelm (Pro BMX champion); and NASCAR drivers Trevor Bayne (2011 Daytona 500 winner), Jeff Burton and Joey Logano (the youngest NASCAR champion) appear in the film to share their experiences about bullying and to encourage kids in finding the best ways to reach out for help. I know my son will pay attention as he is a huge fan of Dude, What Would Happen.
This is an important topic for everyone. I have posted similar notices before because I was bullied as a kid. Can you guess why? Ironically, my son is the opposite of me, I try to teach him to be a gentle giant and befriend kids that are bullied if he ever sees that type of situation.
Before, during and immediately following the telecast, renowned bullying prevention expert and author Rosalind Wiseman will answer viewer questions about key issues online at www.StopBullyingSpeakUp.com.
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