According to research, one in every four children in the United States is a victim of bullying. These kids are taunted, teased, and physically abused in school. In fact, more than 100,000 students skip school due to fear on a daily basis. And the internet has opened new avenues, like social media, where cyberbullying can thrive.
Be More Heroic, a non-profit group based in Los Angeles, is looking to address the problem of cyberbullying. The organization uses social media to educate and empower students.
The company recently partnered with Dubbler—a social media site that lets users record 60-second audio pieces. The site lets you add voice filters, background music, and images. The format is a platform where advocates can raise bullying awareness in a safe and secure environment. Not to mention, bully victims can upload media without revealing their identities.
Be More Heroic has extended its presence in schools and universities across the United States. Currently, more than 15,000 students and teachers from 12 schools actively participate in the organization’s efforts.
The program organizes assemblies and creates public service announcements. They also provide venues where children can openly discuss problems. It also has projects to help bullies themselves.
The partnership between Be More Heroic and Dubbler will officially begin in October, which is anti-bullying month. The two have already started promoting hashtags for their anti-bullying campaign: #BeMoreHeroic, #PassItOn, and #SayNoToBullying.
“There’s no way a school can individually take care of every child,” said Sierra Dowd, co-founder of Be More Heroic. “With apps like this, we’re really able to connect educators, teacher and parents with students to get them talking about what’s going on.”