The Great American NO BULL Challenge is the first, student-led global video contest and Teen Video Awards show dedicated to bullying prevention and promoting digital responsibility, leadership and social change using creativity, the power of peer-to-peer education, and the magic of filmmaking.
The goal of the NO BULL Challenge is to join America’s students, educators, counselors, organizations, communities, and Corporate America in an effort to enable real change at the student level. Beginning December 2014 middle and high school students between the ages of 13 – 18 will have 4+ months to create a 2-5 minute video, or a 30-60 second PSA, that focuses on digital responsibility or bullying prevention.
As a result of the public voting period, nominees will be selected from the top 50 favorite videos by a panel of expert judges. Top nominees will receive a VIP invitation to attend the NO BULL National Education Conference and the star-studded NO BULL Teen Video Awards. The NO BULL Teen Video Awards show celebrates the culmination of NO BULL Challenge’s 4-month global video contest, where millions of teens from all over the world are celebrated for participating.
The Great American NO BULL Challenge by day: industry leading professionals and the most up-to-date resources available. The Great American NO BULL Challenge by night: celebrating on the red carpet at the Teen Video Awards in lively Los Angeles, California.
THE CHALLENGE’S OBJECTIVES INCLUDE:
✔ Build on the national call to action that The BULLY Project inspired in viewers to work together to transform schools and communities into places where empathy and respect are valued and bullying is unacceptable.
✔ Create a grassroots movement by America’s students in order to increase and reinforce awareness of digital responsibility.
✔ Provide America’s schools with ongoing peer-to-peer education, awareness, and resources about bullying by providing each school with an assembly-ready DVD that includes student developed content from the NO BULL Challenge and age-based educational materials that track with the visual content.
✔ Increase the number of schools, companies and community-based organizations engaged in educating our children, our educators and our public about bullying.
✔ Improve school climate and promote caring, inclusive school communities that emphasize respect for all.
✔ Shift the perception of bullying among the American public from something that is seen as a small problem, to something that cuts across political ideology, age, socioeconomic status, to strike a universal chord with students, parents, and educators that bullying must stop.
CONSIDER THESE FACTS:
✔ 13,000,000 kids will be bullied this year
✔ 3 million students are absent from school each month because they feel unsafe
✔ Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online & about the same number of teens have engaged in cyberbullying. i-SAFE
✔ Cyberbullying statistics are increasingly viewed as an important contributor to youth violence, including homicide and suicide. CNN
✔ Victims of cyberbullies are 1.9 times more likely to attempt suicide. Cyberbullying Research Center
✔ The majority of cyberbully attacks go unreported to parents, educators, or the authorities. Adoption Articles Directory
✔ 37 percent of teens admit to using social networking sites to victimize and harass their peers. TheExaminer.com
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