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Engaging students to address bullying through videos, art and writing

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Submissions for the first round of Students with Solutions are now closed. The four-part video series and classroom discussion questions can now be accessed here.

Presenting:
Teen Talk on Cyberbullying

Teen Talk on Cyberbullying is a five-minute video designed to provide authentic insight and perspective from peers on issues related to cyberbullying. After viewing and discussing the video, students can share their poetry or stories, create a drawing, film a short video, or design a graphic that can be shared on PACER’s website and be eligible to receive awards and recognition.

If the video won't play or if YouTube is blocked at your location, you can view it from our player here.

Invite your middle and high school students to watch the video, engage in discussion, and submit their entries for rewards and recognition!

Step 1. Watch the video and hold a classroom discussion using the suggested questions pdf icon.

Step 2. Using the entry form, pdf icon encourage students to write poetry or stories, create a drawing, or design a graphic (or even film a video) responding to the themes portrayed in the video and outlined in the discussion questions, including, but not limited to:

  • What is cyberbullying?
  • What is your first reaction when you see negativity directed toward someone else or when it’s directed at you?
  • How does online bullying impact what happens at school?
  • What ideas do you have to help someone else who has experienced online bullying?
  • If you see the person who is being bullied online at school, what can you do?
  • You may have heard the expression “Be comfortable in your own skin.” What does that mean to you?

Step 3. The images and writing can be scanned and emailed to bullying411@PACER.org (videos accepted too) or mailed to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd. Bloomington, MN 55437.

Entries will be accepted through April 30

In May, the gallery of submissions will be reviewed by a panel. Selected submissions will receive awards and students will have their work recognized on PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center website and social media.

Special Thanks

Grateful to Clarisonic for funding “Teen Talk on Cyberbullying"

Clarisonic, the creator of the most recommended skin cleansing devices by US dermatologists, was founded with the belief that healthy, beautiful-looking skin can help people be their most confident selves. Clarisonic supports PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to encourage young people to love the skin they’re in and to be confident advocates for themselves and others.

Awards

Four classrooms will be awarded Clarisonic MIA 1 for every student.


The Clarisonic Mia 1 is a sonic facial cleansing device that cleanses skin 6x better than using hands alone. Clarisonic devices are the #1 most recommended facial cleansing devices by US dermatologists and they’re safe and gentle enough to use up to 2x a day. The set includes the one-speed device, sensitive skin brush head, universal voltage charger and a bonus acne cleansing brush head.

Selected classrooms and individuals, as determined by a panel will also be eligible to receive the following:

  • UNITY Medals featuring engraving with PACER’s logo and the word UNITY, complete with an orange ribbon. Reverse side reads “United for Kindness, Inclusion and Acceptance.”
  • Colorful rolls of Duck Tape to be used for art projects. Donated by ShurTech.
  • Book titles from Simon and Schuster from authors:
    • Maya Penn
    • Margarita Engle
    • Tim Federle
    • Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Sharon Draper
    • James Howe

Meet the Students

Go behind the scenes and learn more about the seventh grade students, Giselle, Ajontaé, Devon and Aniza, who appeared in Teen Talk on Cyberbullying.

Submission Guidelines

  • Send artwork, photographs, graphics, poems, videos, or stories to bullying411@PACER.org, or to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55437.
  • Entries will be accepted from February 1, 2017, through April 30, 2017.
  • Middle and high school students are eligible to participate. Classroom contributions (as an entire class or individually) are encouraged, but individual students can also send in their submissions.
  • A panel will review and determine the submissions to feature on PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center website and social media.
  • Awards and recognition will be given. Those selected will be notified by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center.
  • PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center maintains the right to share and post all artwork, stories, and images that are submitted.

Video Production

Special thanks to Chad Gerkin, a videographer from Minnesota who shared that he has loved movies and cameras since he was a little boy. As a result of his passion, growing up, he spent most of the money on equipment to make videos. In 2014, he attended Art Institute in Minneapolis and also started his own production company, Vinci Productions. His film making goal is to have an organic and real vision of the world. To date, he has done a wide variety of videos and is off to a great start with his career!