2013 NO BULL Challenge promoting digital responsibility launched; Steve Harvey signs on as judge

December 14th, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (PRBuzz.com) December 14, 2012 — The Great American NO BULL Challenge today launches its second annual global short film and Public Service Announcement competition for teens promoting digital responsibility and anti-bullying. TV personality Steve Harvey has joined the campaign as one of the judges.

Middle and high school students, ages 13-18, are eligible to compete by submitting videos on digital responsibility to www.nobullchallenge.org.
Formats include: 2-5 minute short films, and 30-60 second PSA’s–all dealing with digital responsibility. For the first time, there is a category for foreign short films and PSA’s. Videos may be uploaded from December 14, 2012 to April 29, 2013.

Prizes will include a mentorship by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, video cameras, scholarships and a trip to the Sundance Film Festival, where the winning video will be submitted.

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Expert: Block kids’ ability to send photos, videos

October 26th, 2012

Raising a child is not an easy task, but the inundation of technology is making it even more difficult.

With the advent of text messages and photo sharing, younger and younger children can be, willingly or not, exposed to sexual content.

Sending sexually explicit images, known as sexting, is a big issue. While most underage people believe the photos will never see the light of day, a new study said 87 percent of the photos end up on the Internet, thanks to phone hacking, theft or other means. So how do you protect your kids?

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Make a difference with NO BULL!

October 26th, 2012

Did you know one out of every four teenagers experiences some form of bullying? Even more staggering: 70 percent of students are targeted and taunted on the Internet. Chances are, you may have witnessed or experienced bullying yourself. Rest assured you’re not alone; in fact, three FFA members just like yourself tackled bullying by taking up a challenge head on – the Great American ‘No Bull’ Challenge.

Tyler Gregory, Scott Hannah and Zach Veach joined more than 25 million other middle and high school students by participating in the challenge, which is centered around using digital responsibility and social media to make a positive impact on bullying.

“Bullying just stops kids from wanting to chase their dreams,” says 18-year-old Veach, a professional race car driver who dropped out of public school because of the bullying he was facing.

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A ”NO BULL” Challenge for schools: get, free anti-bullying lessons to students by Election Day

October 22nd, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (PRBuzz.com) October 22, 2012 — The Great American NO BULL Challenge today issued a challenge to school districts across the country– to get the NO BULL Academy’s free anti-bullying programs into all 6-12 grade classrooms by Election Day. The web-based platform teaches students digital responsibility, while fostering a positive and safe school climate. The lesson plans are designed by experienced educators for teens, and include anti-bullying videos created by the award-winning teen filmmakers of the 2012 NO BULL Teen Video Awards.

Cyber safety expert, and Founder of the NO BULL Challenge, Shawn Edgington said,
“Education reform and budget shortfalls are being debated in races for local, state and national office. We are pleased to provide some help for budget-strapped school districts, with free programs for students and educators. Lessons in digital responsibility should not be overlooked. That is why I have set November 6th, Election Day, as a goal to get the NO BULL Academy’s free programming in classrooms from coast to coast.”

The Blue Valley School District in the Kansas City metro area was the first to introduce the NO BULL Academy to its students, during Kansas Bully Awareness Week in September. School administrator, Molly McNally, said, “teachers reported the best student-engaged conversations ever.” She added, “teachers really like the format.” McNally is the mother of two and her niece was, “bullied relentlessly” during middle school. Today in her position as a school administrator, she is making sure students and teachers are educated about what bullying really looks like, and that they are provided with tools to deal with this problem.

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Annual anti-bullying ”NO BULL Challenge” set to return in 2013; free programs provided to teachers.

October 2nd, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (PRBuzz.com) October 1, 2012 — The Great American NO BULL Challenge today announced the second annual NO BULL Challenge and Teen Video Awards as the world turns its attention to National Bullying Prevention Month. The 2013 event is set to take place in the summer of 2013 in Los Angeles and returns teen spokespeople: author Zoe Oz, racecar driver Zach Veach and advocates Paige Logan and Nicole Edgington.

“We have found that the level of teen engagement and the promotion of a positive school climate are elevated when lessons come from other teens. Change makers affecting millions, is NO BULL’s lofty goal,” said Shawn Edgington, cyber safety expert, best selling author, and founder of the NO BULL Challenge.

The inaugural No BULL Teen Video Awards where held in July 2012 in San Francisco and included Hollywood celebrities, athletes, and musicians among them, singer/songwriter Sean Kingston and The New Boyz. The event also spawned a spoof on Comedy Central’s Emmy-award winning animated sitcom, South Park. To cap off the night, Robert Austin Barker was awarded first place for his documentary, “The Formula: A High School Thesis.”

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The back to school Golden Rule…

August 24th, 2012

The back to school Golden Rule…
It’s that time of year again, the first day of school. For some it’s a new school, a new grade, new face, new friends… for all, it’s a new beginning. We all know the Golden Rule, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” The truth is, most people fail to apply this rule.

I’ve just returned from the National Bullying Prevention Summit in Washington D.C. and have so much to share with you. In the technology era, bullying comes in all forms; it’s not necessarily the big kid taking your lunch money anymore. It comes by way of text, email, social media, far beyond the school’s jurisdiction. This sweeping epidemic that our children are dealing with every day has a new face: cyberbullying.

It’s important that teachers, parents and students are provided with the essential tools they need to stand up to this new threat. I will help provide you with these necessary tools.

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Texas teen wins top prize at 2012 NO BULL Teen Video Awards for his anti-bullying film.

July 27th, 2012

San Francisco (PRBuzz) July 27, 2012 — The Great American NO BULL Challenge is pleased to announce the winner of the first, annual NO BULL Teen Video Awards, an event that celebrates the nation’s teens who stand up and a make a difference. Robert “Austin” Barker took first prize for his anti-bullying short film, “The Formula: A High School Thesis”. Barker attends Copperas Cove High School in Copperas Cove, Texas. Accepting his award, Barker said, “It’s a real rush, coming together to talk about the painful issue with all of the other teens from around the country. With NO BULL, we’ve been able to create a unified community to help parents, teachers, our principles and other kids on how to deal with this difficult issue. Thank you so much NO BULL, it’s an amazing program and opportunity that allowed us to honestly portray what bullying has evolved to become.”

Barker is among thousands of teenagers who wrote and directed hundreds of anti-bullying films during the 3-month competition. He wins a $10,000 production deal, a $5,000 college scholarship and his film will now be entered at the Sundance Film Festival. Other top vote getters are taking home, laptops, GoPro video cameras donated by GoPro and other prizes.

View the eight NO BULL Teen Video Award winners here:

http://nobull.votigo.com/contests/browseallentries/all/all/all/vote_count_desc/1/all/0/?topentries=winner

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Sean Kingston and New Boyz to perform at 2012 NO BULL Teen Video Awards, July 21st in San Francisco

July 10th, 2012

San Francisco (PRBuzz) July 10, 2012 — The Great American NO BULL Challenge is pleased to announce the star-studded line up for the first, annual NO BULL Teen Video Awards, which promotes social media responsibility for youth using the power of music and filmmaking. Hip-Hop and R & B sensation Sean Kingston will headline the event, which takes place at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, July 21st. New Boyz, Jenny and Ashley, and The League are also scheduled to perform. Celebrities, music lovers, top teen filmmakers, educators, youth and industry leaders will gather to celebrate America’s teens for standing up and making a difference.

The awards ceremony is the culmination of a 3-month national video contest, in which thousands of teens from around the country wrote and directed hundreds of anti-bullying films. 15 nominees are competing for the top Stand Up Awards, scholarships, lap-tops and GoPro video cameras and a $10,000 production deal, among other exciting prizes. View the nominated films here.

Harvey Weinsten, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company, which released the critically acclaimed film, “BULLY”, is the recipient of The Stand Up Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be accepted on Weinstein’s behalf by Lee Hirsch, writer and director of “BULLY”, and by 15-year-old Alex Libby, one of the bullied kids profiled in the film.

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Fanlala Partners with The Great American NO BULL Challenge to put on the NO BULL Teen Video Awards to Bring Awareness to Cyberbullying

July 9th, 2012

Fanlala and The Great American NO BULL Challenge take on Cyberbullying by hosting the NO BULL Teen Video Awards featuring Musical Acts Sean Kingston and New Boyz

Santa Monica/Walnut Creek, CA (PRWEB) June 30, 2012

Fanlala, the social entertainment and lifestyle destination for teens and tweens, has teamed up with The Great American NO BULL Challenge to put on the 2012 NO BULL Teen Video Awards Red Carpet Show. The NO BULL Challenge is the first, student-led National Video Contest that brings awareness to the issue of cyberbullying in America and the Teen Video awards. The Teen Video Awards is a celebration of the 15 NO BULL Challenge nominees as well as the announcement of the 8 final NO BULL winners.

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Great American NO BULL Challenge honors Harvey Weinstein with Lifetime Achievement Award

June 4th, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (PRBuzz.com) May 25, 2012 — The Great American NO BULL Challenge is pleased to announce Harvey Weinstein, The Weinstein Company Co-Chairman, as the recipient of the first annual “Stand Up Lifetime Achievement Award”. The NO BULL Executive Nominating Committee selected Weinstein for his activism in raising awareness and changing lives on the subject of bullying. The committee also points to Weinstein’s strong support of Indie filmmakers as a factor in its decision.

The award will be presented at the first annual NO BULL Teen Video Awards in San Francisco, July 21st.

Weinstein’s company produced the documentary, “Bully” and Weinstein successfully fought the MPAA’s “R” rating given to the film. Mr. Weinstein says, “The real heroes here are these teen filmmakers who are using their time and talent to fight bullying. I’m honored to be associated with this group and to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of all of us in the arts who use our voices and influence to fight this fight.”

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