District Attorney George Gascón Launches the 3rd Annual ‘Bye Bye Bullying’ Video Contest

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October 1, 2014

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              District Attorney George Gascón Launches the 3rd Annual ‘Bye Bye Bullying’ Video Contest

SAN FRANCISCO - As part of October’s National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, District Attorney George Gascón, along with community partners, are launching the third annual “Bye Bye Bullying” Video Contest for San Francisco middle and high school students. After the success of last year’s topic of cyberbullying, the District Attorney is asking students to take an active role by creating a video addressing the theme “Being Bully Free Starts with Me.”

 

“Cyberbullying continues to be a serious problem with nearly 70% of young people reporting seeing frequent bullying online,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “This year we are asking students to not only create thoughtful and innovative solutions to prevent cyberbullying, but to also consider their role in creating a bully free environment.”

 

For the contest, students are asked to create a 60 second video that addresses “Being Bully Free Starts with Me” showing how young people can intervene when cyberbullying occurs. The submission period for “Bye Bye Bullying” starts October 6 and ends November 10.


Winning videos will be honored at a December celebration and featured on the San Francisco District Attorney’s website. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will also receive prizes such as a Jawbone Jambox Classic, a signed baseball from the San Francisco Giants and many more.  

 

Over the last two years, more than 100 video submissions were received from students all over San Francisco. The winning videos showcased personal stories of students and their struggles with bullying, as well as some of the effects that bullying has on others.

 

Allison Talker, a senior at Wallenberg High School, was the 3rd place winner of last year’s contest. “I entered the Bye Bye Bullying Contest last year because bullying is a rising problem amongst adolescents. I was bullied in middle school and I wanted to get the message across that words can be as harmful as physical bullying. Creating the video has helped me grow into an advocate for people that are victims of bullying around me.”  Allison has signed on to be a judge for this year’s contest.

 

Judges this year include Renel Brooks-Moon, Radio personality and public address announcer for the San Francisco Giants; Cheryl Jennings, News Anchor for ABC 7 News; Irene Van der Zande, Founder and Executive Director of Kid Power; San Francisco Youth Commissioner Jilliam Wu; School Board Commissioner Emily Murase;  and last year’s winners Allison Talker and Christopher Pang.

 

The contest is presented by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and sponsored by: United States Department of Justice, Common Sense Media, Filipina Womens’ Network, San Francisco Unified School District, and James Hall Photography.

 

“Bye Bye Bullying” is part of the District Attorney’s Truancy Initiative to keep kids in school.

For more information, go to www.sfdistrictattorney.org

 

To view the 2013 winners, go to http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1LtVKtGScFAWHzcDkTUiVQ

 

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