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Stop the bullying: Activist, singer Sider opens NC school tour in Camden (DailyAdvance)

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Stop the bullying: Activist, singer Sider opens NC school tour in Camden

Singer-songwriter and anti-bullying activist Lizzie Sider leads Camden Intermediate School students in a march around the school gym, Monday, as they sing Taylor Swift’s song, “Mean.” Sider opened her tour of North Carolina schools at Camden Intermediate School, Monday. Photo by Tom at Daily Advance

By Reggie Ponder

Staff Writer
Monday, April 24, 2017

CAMDEN — Singer-songwriter and anti-bullying activist Lizzie Sider told students at Camden Intermediate School Monday there are many reasons people bully others — but no good reasons.
Sider, 18, also underscored the notion that students aren’t alone in being bullied by asking everyone to close their eyes and raise their hands if they had ever been bullied or teased. When students were asked to open their eyes again, they saw that nearly every hand in the room was up.

Sider also distributed bracelets at the event containing the saying, “No one has the power to ruin your day.” According to Sider, it’s something her father said to her when she was being bullied in elementary school. It’s a message she found empowering and shares with students everywhere she goes, and it’s the name of her nonprofit, which sponsored her visit to Camden Intermediate School and the rest of her tour this week of schools across North Carolina.

This is Sider’s first school tour in North Carolina and Monday was the first time she had visited northeastern North Carolina. She said in an interview before Monday’s event that she wanted to begin her tour of North Carolina schools at Camden Intermediate because of the message she received from the school’s principal. Keisha Dobie, Camden Intermediate’s interim principal, told Sider of the recent tragic loss of a 12-year-old student at Camden Intermediate who took her own life and the school’s commitment to heal and recover.

“She said, ‘we’re grieving and we’re trying to heal and we’re in a healing process,'” Sider said. “And of course, something as compelling as that, of course I couldn’t say ‘no.'”

The assembly, held in the school’s gym, built up to two songs Sider performed for the students. She had groups of students and teachers back her up on tambourines and maracas — and led the kids on a march around the gym — as she sang Taylor Swift’s anti-bullying anthem, “Mean.”

Sider closed with her personal account of her own experiences with bullying, including coming to the realization that she could rise above the cruel things people said to her, in her song, “Butterfly.”
The students were ready for the song. Many sang along with Sider, and students’ artwork depicting butterflies decorated the walls of the school’s gym.

Sider said that during the past two years she has performed at more than 350 schools across the country. There are core points she emphasizes at each one but she also tailors the message to the specific school.
“I tailor the tone and the flow just to make it as organic and as authentic for the kids as possible,” she said.

The students responded with energy and enthusiasm, and Dobie remarked after the assembly that she believed the program succeeded in conveying messages of unity and excitement about being at school and learning.

Dobie opened the assembly by reminding students that they are not alone and that they need to depend on each other.

“This is a nice way for us to kick off these least few days that we have in this school year,” Dobie told students.

Sider told students that when she was around their age a group of kids teased her, excluded her from lunch and other activities, and called her names. She sang the National Anthem at a Boston Red Sox game when she was 9, but was so anxiety-ridden about a video of that moment being shown at her school that she cowered in her chair as it was played for the other students.

But not long after that her father told her his encouraging words — “No one has the power to ruin your day” — and she took the message to heart.

“We have the power within ourselves to overcome whatever we are going through,” she said.
Sider then had the kids repeat the motto together. “Anything that we put our minds to, we can do,” she said.

Suder cited some well-known people — Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, Rihanna, Steve Jobs — and said all of them were teased at some point but went on to accomplish big things.

She asked the kids why people bully others, and got three solid answers: Because they have been bullied themselves; because they’re jealous; because something bad or embarrassing has happened to them.
None of these, Sider said, should be a reason to bully anyone. Instead, you should talk to someone about how you feel, she said.

Sider said there were times when she saw someone being bullied and did nothing about it. But the times she did do something, she said, it was absolutely worth it.

“The smallest act of kindness went the longest way,” she said. “It is our duty, and it is our job, to look after each other.”


Anti-bullying country pop star to perform in Lewisville (Journal West)

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Thanks Jenny for this awesome article! SO pumped for North Carolina!!! #NHTPTRYD #Butterfly #schooltour #ontheroadagain

Anti-bullying country pop star to perform in Lewisville

By Jenny Drabble Winston-Salem Journal

April 18, 2017

Photo by Warren Starks. Lizzie seen here with students in Chico, CA. She will perform at an anti-bullying rally in Lewisville.

When Lizzie Sider was in elementary school, she was bullied relentlessly and came home crying almost every day.

Now a country pop star, the 18-year-old is sharing her story through music in the hopes of ending bullying for good.

“It was really hard, but ultimately it was the words of my dad telling me ‘Nobody has the power to get you down’ that got me through it,” she said. “I wanted to spread that message to others.”

The Florida-born recording artist is the founder of an anti-bullying campaign, “Nobody Has the Power to Ruin Your Day,” and has traveled to more than 350 schools around the country to spread the message.

The 18-year-old will venture to elementary schools in Yadkin County April 26 to speak about bullying before headlining an evening concert at Shallowford Square in Lewisville.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m.

“I’m really pumped to come to North Carolina,” Sider said. “It’s been such an eye-opening experience to travel to different areas and perform and talk to the kids.”

Andy Lester-Niles, principal at Vienna Elementary School, said a former colleague of his helped facilitate the concert in Lewisville, and he’s excited to see the community come together.

“My first thought was, ‘Wow, this is awesome,’” he said. “She has a great message, and I think it will be a very fun family-friendly concert.”

Sider’s anti-bullying message is parallel to the one they use at Vienna, Lester-Niles said, and as a father, her platform is one that hits home.

“One thing I really like about her is empowerment for girls and realizing phrases like ‘hit like a girl’ or ‘run like a girl’ are a positive,” Lester-Niles said. “This event really is a win-win.”

Sider performed in her first musical when she was 6 and has been singing and playing the piano ever since. About 8 years ago, she picked up guitar, which she plays in several of her songs.

A songwriter since the age of 9, Sider said she used music as an outlet for the pain of being bullied. In 2011, “Butterfly” was released as her debut single, climbing into the Top 40 on the Music Row Country Chart with more than 1 million YouTube views.

“In a way, we’re all butterflies,” she said. “No matter what we go through, we really do have those wings and colors and unique parts about us just waiting to be released that can set us free.”

The “I Love You That Much” singer has performed concerts across the country and opened for many singers, including American country group Gloriana and Australian country singer Jamie O’Neal.

Sider has sung the national anthem for teams such as the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles and has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, The Queen Latifah Show and Fox & Friends.

She was also named one of CMA Close-Up Magazine’s “Artists To Watch” and a “Top 5 Female Country Newcomer.”

But Sider said what brings her most joy is using her passion for music to help others.

“Music is such a unique angle to attack (bullying) from,” she said. “It’s such a powerful way to connect with people, and it keeps it interactive and fun.”

In 2013, the Florida native kicked off her anti-bullying campaign with a two-month stint in California, sharing her story at more than 80 schools.

Sider created a DVD and workbook for bullying prevention — both of which are distributed for free to elementary and middle schools — that have reached more than 2 million students.

Sider said her parents have been her biggest inspiration and supported her in her journey to help mold future generations.

“My parents have taught me you can’t control what anybody else does or says, but you can control how you internalize it,” she said. “I really hope the kids come away with positivity and encouragement that they’re not alone.”

jdrabble@wsjournal.com (336) 727-7204


UPDATE: 2,300 SCHOOLS AND 1,400,000 KIDS!

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Many children will encounter bullying at school for the first time this fall, and parents are often at a loss about how to respond. WSJ's Sue Shellenbarger joins Lunch Break and explains when and how should a parent should approach a teacher if their child is being bullied.

Many children will encounter bullying at school for the first time this fall, and parents are often at a loss about how to respond. WSJ’s Sue Shellenbarger joins Lunch Break and explains when and how should a parent should approach a teacher if their child is being bullied.


By Sue Shellenbarger | Wall Street Journal | September 13, 2016

Of all the challenges that school brings for students and their parents, one of the most unwelcome and worrying is bullying.

Bullying starts as early as first grade and peaks in middle school. About 1 in 5 students report being bullied each year, and figuring out how to respond is difficult. A parent’s first impulse—whether to fly into a rage and call the bully’s parents or dismiss the whole thing as “kid stuff”—is not necessarily the right path.

There is new understanding of bullying as a complex, multifarious problem that doesn’t lend itself to one-size-fits-all responses. Educators and psychologists are placing more emphasis on teaching students coping skills, encouraging children to tell adults when they’re bullied, and having parents work with teachers and school administrators to resolve problems.  READ MORE


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There’s an organization in St. Louis that’s doing incredible work and making a difference by helping break the cycle of hate in our world. They’re called HateBrakers and they’ve begun their search to find nominees for their 5th Annual Hero Awards in 2017! Do you know someone that you feel should be nominated for this award?

Learn more about HateBrakers.org, this incredible honor, and nominate your hatebraker today!


“The search has begun for HateBraker Heroes for our 5th Annual Hero Awards honoring Victims (targets) bystanders (witnesses), and perpetrators of acts of hate–from bullying, abuse, cyber-hate, violence to genocide–to become leaders, healers and heroes. The fifth celebration will be a big one, so we’re getting into gear early.
Go to Hatebraker.org for details on how to nominate a hero you know.”  -HateBrakers

Violence Against Women – Let’s Stop It At The Start

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Children repeat, and grow up to become, what they see. BE a good example!

Incredible video (“Violence Against Women – Let’s Stop It At The Start“) and article (“DO AS I SAY, AND AS I DO“) Excerpt:

“From the age of about 9 or 10 to the early teenage years, children are completely immersed in family life. Family decisions, parents’ attitudes, whether they stop to help a stranger or break the speed limit when driving – all of this absorbed by children like the process of osmosis. While we often think our attitudes and behaviours come from values that we decide or feelings in our heart, they are actually an imprint on our brain that is shaped by family and patterned by experiences. This imprint becomes part of how we think, an automatic template that guides our reactions in everyday situations. …”


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Old Bonhomme Elementary kids

So proud of these students at OLD BONHOMME ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!

They will be honored tonight at the Fourth Annual HateBraker Hero Awards for defending someone who was a victim of hate at their school – they are hate brakers.

Read their story HERE – http://fox2now.com/2016/02/01/students-demonstrate-outside-school-in-support-of-crossing-guard-victimized-by-racial-taunts/

I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO VISITING Old Bonhomme Elementary this afternoon, talking about bully prevention, and reinforcing the importance of growing up in an atmosphere of harmony, kindness and respect of one another.

Together, we will take a stand to Hit The Brakes On Hate!