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Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones…

Every kid has had this recited to him or her by a parent or teacher in elementary to ward off the mean things the other kids said on the playground. We all know how the saying goes but we also know it isn’t true.

Words hurt.

It is evident today with children harming themselves because of what others have said and wrote about them. And with the growth of social media people have felt the need to get bolder and meaner while sitting behind their electronic devices.

Not cool.

Since the outbreak of cyber bullying there have been numerous campaigns against it. The newest is known as [Delete].

Delete Digital Drama campaign is a collaboration between Seventeen Magazine and the television network, ABC Family. It started out with an ABC Family original movie, Cyberbully, and a California event to raise awareness on the issue.

According to Editor-in-chief of Seventeen Ann Shoket:

Teenagers are obsessed with the drama in their lives…drama is what is so distracting and destructive in their lives. And when it becomes digital it’s 24/7, non-stop, wherever they are. We’re simply asking kids to delete it. It gives them some power.

This year, fashion designer Nanette Leopre has joined in on the collaboration. The initiative of the campaign is to get women to delete the negative comments they see on social media sites. Nanette Leopore has created shirts with the signature [delete] on them in different colors for the celebrity endorsers Willow Smith, Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Ashley Benson to wear along with us non-famous people. And proceeds from the sales go to the anti-bullying organization STOMP Out Bullying.

Posted by on March 31, 2013. Filed under Around Campus. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.