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This October, Gladeo will be featuring organizations and influencers who spread awareness to the impact bullying has on today’s youth to celebrate National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. The unfortunate reality is that too many of today’s youth are exposed to bullying which ultimately impacts them in the long run. According to the Center for Disease Control, students who experience bullying are at increased risk for poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression. Students who engage in bullying behavior are at increased risk for academic problems, substance use, and violent behavior later in adolescence and adulthood. Fortunately, there are many resources available that can provide help, guidance, and comfort to adolescents facing bullying.
One of these organizations is Boo2Bullying. Founded in 2011, Boo2Bullying works with artists and visionaries who have a strong social platform to bring awareness and to initiate conversation within school systems. Through different programs including school assemblies and Mothers Against Bullying, Boo2Bullying is dedicated to inspiring and reaching out to victims and their families, and encouraging others to never be a silent witness. Boo2Bullying has gained some recognition for having celebrity involvement including Pretty Little Liars' Lindsey Shaw, singer-songwriter Skylar Grey, and Bring it On: In It To Win It’s Cassie Scerbo.
“Playing that bully [on television], I got to see things through a bully's eyes. Honestly, they're just insecure people who need to bring other people down to bring themselves up.”
- Cassie Scerbo, Actress & Boo2Bullying Vice President
Gladeo recognizes organizations such as Boo2Bullying for their dedication towards educating and providing awareness to victims, families of victims, and anyone affected by the effects of bullying.
If you or anyone you know is currently struggling with bullies, please know that resources are available and please seek the guidance you need.
Tiffany Gonzales, Head Scribe