Celebrity figures are speaking up about the high cost of bullying. Adding to the voices of those who have been bullied or had loved ones take their own lives over bullying, many famous names are now taking a stand against bullies and those who deliberately humiliate others. In a plea during an appearance on the Ellen Degneres show recently NFL Football great Drew Brees had this to say:
"If you think that making fun of someone is harmless, you are wrong. If you think its OK to do because everyone else is doing it — you're wrong. Bullying has to stop, and it has to start with you. I want my fans to know that if you're making fun of someone because they are different, then you are no friend of mine. If you are being bullied I want you to know that there is support. I support you. Making fun of someone because they are different from you, that's not being tough. It's being ignorant. Appreciating people for how they are different from you, that's what it takes to be a friend." Cultivating Character: What Do You Stand For?
Brees isn't the only one concerned about bullying. The topic has been in the forefront of the media recently with the high profile suicides of four young people whose deaths were the result of constant bullying. CNN's Anderson Cooper has always been on the forefront of this subject, reporting on the issue regularly and trying to make a difference.
In a recent appearance on the Ellen Degeneres show, Copper suggested that he doesn't recall being bullied himself, but that he does remember standing by and watching others get bullied. He said as a bystander he remembers having a sense of relief that he wasn't the person being picked on. Cooper said that bystanders need to intervene and stand up against a bully to help break the cycle. Prop 8: Saving One Marriage At A Time [VIDEO]
Empower Bystanders And Witnesses To Speak Up
Working together we can build a world of mutual respect and kindness for all. As caring adults, we can model and teach these skills. We all know that growing up, particularly during the teen years, is difficult for everyone. Parents need to understand that today's teens have a much different experience than they had.
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