The BULLY Project

The BULLY Project is centred around a film called “BULLY” – created to make us all more aware of the need to listen better, teach more effectively, be prepared – and to realize the extent of this problem; not just here in North America, but worldwide.

Remember that bullying is no longer confined to a School yard or a play area – it has encircled the world through the Internet and Social Media…and it’s never been confined to Children (though they are most vulnerable), Adults get bullied too.

Like any crime, if you are aware of bullying, report it, stand against it, do NOT ignore it. Don’t wait for someone else to do it. Think how you would feel if it was your Child…or yourself.

Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The new documentary film BULLY, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families.

BULLY is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy “kids will be kids” clichés, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole.

Parents play a vital role in supporting their kids, promoting upstander rather than bystander behavior, and teaching and modeling empathy in the home.

What’s In Your Pocket?

Borrowing from a certain Credit Card ad everyone has heard…”What’s In Your Pocket”?

You must unlearn what you have learned (Master Yoda)

What do you carry with you that makes you feel safe? A weapon? A “defensive spray”? Keys? A Talisman or Charm? Your Mobile Phone, maybe? Are you aware that these are mostly useless in an emergency – especially one where defending yourself or another is concerned?

  • Weapons that people carry for “defence” are all too often used against them (or stolen and used to perpetrate a crime on someone else).
  • The old adage about walking with your keys “stuck between your fist like claws” is liable to get your face scratched (or worse). The best way to carry your keys is in your hand ready to use (to unlock the door).
  • “Defensive Spray” that is available for sale to the general public is generally less useful than a can of hair spray during an attack…not to mention the time it takes to remove it from a bag and use it – and it’s as likely to spray into your face, as it is into that of your attacker!

Few plan to fail, but many fail to plan

Much better to carry CONFIDENCE, AWARENESS, MINDFULNESS & STRENGTH…and a PLAN in the event of an emergency! These tools are “one size fits all”, very difficult to take from you, cannot be used against you and easily accessible at a moment’s notice!