October is National Bullying Prevention Month, but cyberbullying impacts families throughout the year.
Norton by Symantec and Grey San Francisco announced the launch of a campaign to confront cyberbullying and encourage parents to discuss this with their children.
“Cyberbullying has become prevalent in schools today, but it doesn’t stop there — it is affecting our children 24/7, and as a mother of two daughters, I am acutely aware of the magnitude of this issue,” said Kathryn Kane, senior director-global brand and campaigns, Norton by Symantec.
At the heart of the campaign is the film, “Raise Your Voice Against Cyberbullying.” Sparked by a creative concept developed by Grey San Francisco and brought to life with Chelsea House and filmmaker, Peyton Wilson, “Raise Your Voice Against Cyberbullying” aims to inspire parents to help their children address cyberbullying and overcome its effects. The film features raw accounts of real cyberbullying attacks told from the victims’ point of view, and breaks the silence of cyberbullying as the victims’ parents hear of the attacks for the first time. At the film’s conclusion, the audience is asked to continue the conversation on social media through #RaiseOurVoices wherever cyberbullying is encountered.
To help parents learn more about cyberbullying, Norton created an e-book. The e-book offers an authentic look at cyberbullying, and features illustrations created by children aged 11 to 18 who have personally experienced cyberbullying. Also featured are tips to help parents recognize the signs of cyberbullying and a conversation guide to help parents start a related conversation with their children.
Anti-bullying organizations such as PACER and Common Sense Media are working with Norton to activate #RaiseOurVoices wherever kids go online. Norton is also actively engaging with victims and parents on social platforms to encourage them to raise their voices via video, pictures or text..