Youth Service America, an organization which "improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles," is also sponsoring several initiatives in recognition of National Bullying Prevention month. In a recent blog post, they discuss their partnership with the Festival of Children Foundation for the National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador Program, and share the stories of two youth ambassadors and their experiences with bullying. The post discusses not only the prevention of bullying, but the rising trend of cyberbulling.
Cyber bullying is bullying that happens through the use of electronic devices and equipment. It can happen through social media sites, text messages, email, online chat, and websites. “A major problem with cyber bullying is that people tend to downplay it. Instead of calling it what it is, some young people refer to it as ‘drama’ when it really is cyber bullying,” said Coaxum. Since launching her project, she has used YouTube as a platform to discuss bullying. She has created videos with her sister that challenge kids and teens to do positive things online—and receive prizes for good work. “I started my organization because there is absolutely no reason that anyone should have to deal with bullying.”
You can read the YSA blog post below and watch Victoria Coaxum's YouTube series HERE.