In an effort to combat school violence, some teens are launching an anti bullying video. The two minute public service announcement was premiered in front of an audience of friends, district officials, city leaders, and family.
The message of the two minute spot is that a true friend tells you if you’re being stupid, but doesn’t make you feel stupid.
That’s the message a group of Hillsboro high school students is sending to their peers through an anti-bullying campaign. The 25 teens from Hillsboro high school in Oregon are members of the city’s Youth Advisory Council. They have worked all school year on the project.
In a 2009 national survey, one in five students reported having been bullied at school in the year prior. Bullied students are more likely to be absent from class or drop out, abuse drugs or alcohol and develop mental health issues.
The anti-bullying campaign rollout starts next fall. Students on the advisory council will coordinate assemblies and classroom talks at each of their high schools. They will show the PSA video at middle schools. They will launch a blog where students can write about friendship.
And for a constant reminder, bare walls at the schools will be covered in a series of posters.
Are you a frenemy?
Frenemy: Someone whose words or actions can bring you down
Friend: Tells you if you are being stupid but doesn’t make you feel stupid
Some of the posters, labeled, “a little birdie told me,” depict a series of Twitter comments. Some are nice: “My boyfriend thinks I am worth the wait,” or “Just got accepted to Stanford!” But others are mean: “The football team thinks I’m easy;” “Since I failed my test, my teacher thinks I am not going to college.”
Daniel Smith, 15, a sophomore at Glencoe High School, said the team wanted to reach other students through social media. They also looked for a fresh angle, choosing to focus on the word “frenemy.”