Natalie Hampton was nervous but excited for her first day of seventh grade. She was starting at a new school — her mom’s alma mater — and she was determined to make the halls feel like…home. But in a few short months, she was attacked twice in school. After being threatened a third time, Natalie decided it was time to leave — and to make sure no one else had to endure this kind of isolation and bullying. So Natalie created a free mobile app called Sit With Us. The… >> Read More
If you're on Twitter, Monica Lewinsky wants you to change your display name to whatever you've been called by bullies. She's taking the lead, making her display name for the month of October "Monica…'Chunky Slut Stalker That Woman' Lewinsky." Why? It's part of her latest, badass anti-cyberbullying campaign. A year after debuting "In Real Life," a video that showed actors reading nasty online posts about themselves, Lewinsky is back with another powerful P.S.A. Dubbed #DefyTheName, the new video features celebrities being called horrible names from their childhood bullies,… >> Read More
In honor of Safer Internet Day — a global day dedicated to online safety and respect — Kveller’s Jordana Horn connected with writer, activist, designer, and onetime White House intern Monica…Lewinsky. When Lewinsky was 22, her relationship with President Bill Clinton eventually led to his impeachment — and a very public scandal. When the story broke in 1998, it was the early days of the Internet; Lewinsky has called herself the “patient zero” of online bullying. After years of laying low, Lewinsky has returned to… >> Read More
It's heartbreaking knowing anyone is being bullied. It's especially heartbreaking when that person is your own child. One mom recently took a powerful video of her son crying, describing the pain of…being bullied — and the video has now gone viral. It's now been viewed more than 18 million times on his mom's Facebook page. Tennessee student Keaton Jones got emotional when he was sitting his the car with his mom, Kimberly Jones, saying how he was scared to go to lunch because other kids bully him… >> Read More
Who knew that Burger King would literally be the king of anti-bullying ads? The company recently released an anti-bullying PSA that hits all the right notes.
Of course, I often find commercials…to be heavy-handed attempts to use trendy topics to pull on the heartstrings of others with the aim of making money (a.k.a.: persuading you to buy their product). I'm not going to pretend that isn't what Burger King is doing here, but all I can say is, damn, this one really hit home. As someone… >> Read More