District Attorney George Gascón, SFUSD, Common Sense Media and Community Partners Launch DA’s 2nd Annual Anti-Bullying Video Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2013

Contact: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

San Francisco – For October’s National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, District Attorney George Gascón, along with Kevin Truitt from the San Francisco Unified School District, and Merve Lapus from Common Sense Media, launched “Bye Bye Bullying”, a video contest for San Francisco middle and high school students. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural video contest, the District Attorney is calling upon students to get creative and make a video about cyber bullying.
“Cyberbullying is a serious problem affecting 52% of students in the United States,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “The ‘Bye Bye Bullying’ video contest inspires kids to be thoughtful and creative about addressing cyberbullying and encourages them to be part of solution.”

"It is so important that our students learn to think critically and interact responsibly with technology,” said Superintendent Richard A. Carranza. “This anti-cyberbullying video campaign is a great way to reinforce those skills."

The submission period for “Bye Bye Bullying” is from October 3 to Nov 8, 2013. Contestants will create a 60 second video on any of the following themes:
• What is cyberbullying?
• What are the effects of cyberbullying
• What can you do to prevent cyberbullying?

Contest winners will be announced at a December event. Prizes include a $250 certificate from Zendesk, a Jawbone Jambox Classic, and a signed baseball from SF Giants.

Videos will be evaluated by a panel of Judges including: Renel Brooks-Moon, Radio personality and public address announcer for the San Francisco Giants; Cheryl Jennings, News Anchor for ABC 7 News; San Francisco Youth Commission Mia Tu Mutch, School Board member Emily Murase, Jason Brock from the X Factor, and Deangelo Garrett, Fan Favorite of last year’s contest.

The contest is presented by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and sponsored by: the San Francisco Giants, United States Department of Justice, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Common Sense Media, Filipina Womens’ Network, San Francisco Unified School District, James Hall Photography, Bay Area Video Coalition, Jawbone, Zynga, Twitter, and Zendesk..

“Bye Bye Bullying” is part of the District Attorney’s Truancy Initiative to keep kids in school. For more information, go to www.sfdistrictattorney.com.
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