Yet Another Anti-Bullying Campaign

It’s true, mum and I have been floating on cloud nine after this happened last night:

A few days after we posted our blog Not Just Another Anti-Bullying Campaign, the boys we wrote it about (Bars and Melody) tweeted a link to the blog. Well we flipped obviously! It’s not everyday you get noticed by someone famous. After we got over the initial shock of being tweeted to over 200,000 people, we got more excited when we considered why we would be tweeted about.

Bars and Melody promote anti-bullying, and they’re famous for it. After their performance on Britain’s Got Talent, they went viral. Since then, they have moved on to travelling the globe spreading the word about how bullying affects so many people daily. The fact that these boys who have made it their life mission to support the anti-bullying campaign think that our blog about the topic was worth reading, is amazing.

These boys are really making a positive difference in the world and it feels really good to know that they think our post might help. Mum and I are so excited to know we have so many new readers who are willing to support Bars and Melody (and us of course) in the movement to stop bullying on a global scale.

As a teenager myself, I am surrounded by people who try and tell us their own bullying experiences and telling us to speak up if we are being bullied. As hard as it is to listen to these stories, there is always the thought that they are older than us and my generation doesn’t do that. However, when you hear a boy who is your age say that he was beat up for being different is a real reality check.

It’s really hard to imagine moving on from something like that but Leondre didn’t just move on, he went on to become a huge sensation that works towards stopping things like what happened to him. Well, I can say it’s working. Listening to all the girls talking after they spoke to us at my school, it was obvious that what they had said really stayed with them and probably will for the rest of their lives.

Bars and Melody are following the leads of other famous people who are taking a stand against bullying too. Some of these stars who feel just as strongly about the issue of bullying are Victoria Justice (star of Victorious), Demi Lovato (star who has faced bullying in the public eye as well as in private) and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark from the Hunger Games trilogy). As well as these individuals my favourite TV cast, Pretty Little Liars, has come out against bullying.

These particular people stand out to me as people that are doing similar work to Bars and Melody. This is because all of the solo people I spoke about have done TV and radio interviews to promote anti-bullying and have joined organisations devoted to the end of bullying. The Pretty Little Liars cast is different. The entire TV series is devoted to bullying and the impacts it can have on the lives of everyone involved. Its a great TV show to show the effects (whilst extreme) of cyber bullying.

After hearing Bars and Melody talk about bullying, sing their self written songs (did I mention they are 14 and 16 and have written their own song. Can you say talent?) and then have them tweet about my blog post, I can safely say that these two boys are doing a great job to stop bullying. If you haven’t already, I would suggest checking out their audition for Britain’s Got Talent, it really is an inspiring video.

Ciao, Ash

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Comments

  1. Pete With Feet says:

    Hi Ash,
    In your life issues come up often and you are confronted by them. Some issues you acknowledge but don’t become involved in or pursue.
    Bullying, and the consequences thereof, is real, global and believe me toxic. The consequences of bullying can be fatal. Adults suffer bullying with similar outcomes.
    So, with the massive exposure, worldwide, of Bars and Melody, leaping on board and developing a grass roots movement and support group, here amongst your student peers, with such a high profile involved duo is both exciting, and more importantly, sustainably so worthwhile and important.
    My point is simple. Getting in front of those on the receiving end of this unacceptable and noxis cowadice action, and offering support, friendship, guidance and counselling cannot be measured in monetary terms, but can be measured in a life saved. Really???
    Yes that’s how deep this bullying river runs. Fancy, the magnitude of this statement as a thinking concerned student teenager and your actions saved a human life. You don’t want to be formally acknowledged, but rest in the amazing euphoria that you did good for an equal who has rights,like you, but was dealt a card, not of their choice, and did not have social , scholastic or strength of character to fight.
    Take an anti-bullying leadership role Ash. Develop an understanding of the physic of these feral perpetrators. Small steps, giant outcomes.

    Pete With Feet

    • I completely agree Pa, there is so much more that needs to be done to stop bullying. So far, there isn’t enough being tought to young kids or even adults for that matter. Everyone seems to turn a blind eye to bullying and it has to be stopped.
      Xx ash

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