With bullying now more of an epidemic than just a common occurrence in most schools, it's understandable why parents and educators are more concerned than ever about the long term effects of school bullying, which can include everything from sensitivity and anxiety, to depression and suicidal thoughts.
Tragically, the statistics suggest that the majority of students will experience bullying at some point in their lives.
In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by their peers. Schools in today's society harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and astonishingly 2.7 million of their victims, also that 1 in 7 students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim.
If there is a bright spot in this unfortunate reality, however, it's that increasing attention has been given to the importance of teachers and parents understanding and recognizing the signs of bullying.
And countless groups and organizations are helping to equip students and their loved ones with the resources to address and stop school bullying.
To that end, a talented group of young recording artists continue to embark on an 11-month anti-bullying tour that started in San Antonio, TX mid-Jan. and will end in Baton Rouge, LA in mid-Nov.
They are touring to share a very important message and raise awareness of just how serious bullying has become for millions of kids and teens.
These young, talented recording artists travel the nation performing, educating, and empowering peers through music and personal stories. The school program is 90 minutes of engaging content. Students learn about bullying types, prevention, where to turn when it occurs, and more. The campaign is effective because the artists approach this important topic by relating to youth on their own level, sharing personal experiences and offering tips on how together they can stand and defend against bullying. On weekends, in each city the tour will hold public concerts throughout the community.
According to details shared in a formal press release, special guests will participate at select locations throughout the tour, such as U.S. Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Robert Britt III of Grenada, MS. He and his wife founded “Sara’s Smile” suicide prevention and support group after losing their 16-year-old daughter in 2011 at the hands of cyberbullying.
For the full 2014 tour schedule, artist profiles, and more, visit the Teen Nation Tour website here.