In an effort to expand what experts already know about the issue, DoSomething.org is organizing the first-ever bullying census.
The census is designed to give teens a chance to address the realities of bullying in their schools and identify ways to make a change. Trumpeted by Victoria Justice of the Nickelodeon show “Victorious,” the Bully Project is open to any student willing to take a brief survey.
"If we all stand together and bring awareness to bullying, we can help put an end to it," Justice said. "Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself."
Running through May and acting as the kick-off initiative for the social action campaign connected to the recently released film “Bully,” DoSomething.org’s Bully Project urges students to speak up about bullying via a short Facebook quiz. The questions were created by teens who are members of DoSomething.org’s Youth Advisory Council, made up of 200 young people across the country. In addition, the census has been vetted by experts who develop sustainable solutions to bullying.
Once the survey is completed, students get immediate results showing how their school rates compared to the nationwide average. They are encouraged to share the census and results with all of their Facebook friends.
“Bully” director Lee Hirsch explained, “DoSomething.org’s Bully Project is making it possible to now reach affected children all over the nation and give us an opportunity to further empower everyone to get up and do something about [bullying].”
At the close of the campaign, DoSomething.org and “Bully” will issue the results, consisting of a national report card with information gathered from students themselves.
Additionally, students who participate by taking the quiz will be automatically entered to receive a college scholarship of up to $10,000. The more people who share the census with their Facebook friends, the more the scholarship fund increases.
For more information, visit www.dosomething.org/bullyproject or text “Bully” to 877877.