This is a special episode of The Grass Gets Greener podcast. I'm joined by Cassidy McMillan, a recognized speaker on bullying, and Director/Producer/Writer of the upcoming acclaimed Documentary Film on bullying and precedent setting bullycide court case, “Bullies and Friends.” This feature-length documentary film offers solutions to bullying and was awarded the United Nations Association "Impact Film Award." Cassidy joins me to discuss bullying and why she has made this important film.
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When I found out about Cassidy and her film "Bullies and Friends," I knew that I wanted to get involved somehow. Obviously bullying is an issue that is near and dear to my heart as it has affected me in so many ways. This film address a consequence of bullying that is even more serious than what one might normally expect from the physical or verbal abuse that one can experience. We're talking about the issue of bullycide - suicide caused from the results of bullying.
As Cassidy tells us about, according to the CDC, “Bullying among school age children is a major public health problem;” and “suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among children ages 10-24.” Cassidy made the film in order to prevent another boy or girl from taking their life due to being bullied.
Today, bullying is becoming a more serious issue as kids don't always have the ability to get a reprieve from bullying as a result of always being "connected" with today's technology. The introduction of cyberbullying now means that a child can be bullied 24/7/365. Think about that for a second. It means they can feel like there's no way out. It's not something that's only happening on school grounds anymore.
When I was bullied, at least I got to have a break from it when I went home every day. I can't imagine how much worse it would have been for me if I had to deal with it outside of school as well. It makes me feel really bad for those who do.
So I wanted to do a special episode of the podcast where I could bring Cassidy on and we could talk about this issue as well as her film, which so far has been requested by schools from over 15 countries. She's working to raise awareness for this groundbreaking film because it needs our help to get released.
This is an independent film, and while it's achieved the accomplishment of being selected for TV broadcast and worldwide release by a distribution company, the distributor doesn't provide for the required distribution costs, and so the film must fundraise to pay for these costs in order for the film to be released across the globe to help kids, schools and communities.
This is such an important film with an important message and we would be doing the world a disservice if we didn't make sure that this film got released. So I decided to do this podcast episode to bring attention to this important film and cause.
Mentioned in the episode:
- Bullying data from the Centers for Disease Control
- How bullying impacts every student, every day
- Cassidy's inspiration for making the documentary film “Bullies and Friends”
- How the film offers solutions for bullying and how people can get involved with the film
- What kids can do right now to stop bullying
- Solutions for teachers, parents, and government leaders
- How parents can help their children if they suspect bullying
- Warning signs parents can look for
- The legal system's perspective on bullying
- Childhood bullying versus adult criminal behavior
- What bullying really is
- How school can feel like a prison to someone being bullied
- Advice for anyone currently being bullied
- Why it's difficult for a child to process bullying
- Why we shouldn't label children as "bullies"
- Two questions parents should ask their children every day
- Talking to children about bullying
- Why bullying is a societal problem
I hope this episode makes it clear just how problematic of an issue this is in our society today and why this film is so important. Speaking from personal experience, I know how alone and hopeless being bullied can make someone feel. And it breaks my heart to know that there are children out there who feel like their only way out is to end their life.
Something needs to be done. More attention needs to be brought to this issue. It needs to be taken more seriously. Children don't have the means of protecting themselves the way adults do, and as adults, we need to make sure they're protected and don't feel hopeless and alone.
This film is trying to do just that. Even though it hasn't been released, it's already been recognized with the United Nations Association "Impact Film Award" and has made a difference at focus group screenings at schools. This film has the potential to save lives. But it can't do that if it's not released, which is why they're calling on the global community to get involved with this film and its cause.
Below you can watch a video of Cassidy and some of the production team telling us more about the film, the bullying experts involved, and the film team's behind the scenes work on bullying prevention. Also included is the 2-minute movie trailer for “Bullies and Friends.”
If you're interested in helping this film get released and to get involved, please go to the links listed below. You can learn more about the film, spread the message on social media, or make a contribution if you or your company are able. The film is also adding corporate sponsors to the film where people/companies can be even more directly involved with the film and even be in the film's credits! Anything you can do to help would go a long way in making sure this meaningful film with a message of hope and inspiration gets released to schools and audiences worldwide.
BulliesAndFriends.com - the film's official website where you can learn more about the film and support the film's release
GoFundMe - fundraiser on GoFundMe where you can contribute to the film's Crowdfunding campaign for global release (and purchase celebrity gifts, ebooks, film level perks and more to support the film's distribution!)
Facebook - “Like” the film's Facebook page for updates and bullying prevention tips - www.facebook.com/BulliesandFriendsFilm
Twitter - follow the film's Twitter and join the conversation! @BulliesnFriends
Cassidy's Twitter - @CassidyMcM
CassidyMcMillan.com - Cassidy's website
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