Bullying has been around for generations, and many Americans had experience dealing with a bully in their school years. In recent years, the impact of social media technologies has magnified the impact of bullying and extended it beyond the schoolyard and into childrens' and teens' homes. Cyberbullying, as it is known, has been in the spotlight of some high profile cases in which children who were bullied committed suicide. Bullying in any form can be psychologically and physically harmful and parents, educators and lawmakers are finally starting to take notice.
In New Jersey, a state law was recently passed that sets zero tolerance policies for bullying. Other states followed closely behind and still others are now considering legislation to increase penalties, as well as generate greater awareness about bullying and what can be done to recognize and prevent it.
The Rocky Marciano World Foundation helped launched the "Bullying...We're Kickin' It" national campaign to help drive awareness and provide resources to help combat bullying and provide assistance to victims of bullying. Many celebrities and politicians have become involved with the campaign and have loaned their time and experience to promote the cause.
Watch VIVE Katerin's video of the "Bullying...We're Kickin' It" event by clicking the thumbnail picture below.