NRS just released a new public service announcement (PSA) called “Spun” to address the widespread issue of bullying. With the recent release…
NRS just released a new public service announcement (PSA) called “Spun” to address the widespread issue of bullying. With the recent release of Bully, a feature length documentary that follows victims of bullying, and all of the news surrounding the problem in the past decade and earlier, the conversation is deepening.
Bullying has long been looked at as a kind of rite of passage for American youth, something that everyone experiences as they grow and mature into adulthood. Along with that view comes a mistaken understanding that bullying is relatively benign. It sets an expectation that kids, teens, and young adults should be able to deal with bullying and it implies that succumbing to feeling overwhelmed or helpless as a victim might be seen as some sort of personal failure. A shift in perspective is necessary and that is what NRS’s new bullying PSA aims to promote.
Victims of bullying, their families, and even the bullies themselves need support. Bullying is not just a part of growing up. It can be a self-perpetuating cycle that isolates people and leaves them feeling desperate for options. Volunteers at 1-800-RUNAWAY are here to listen, offer support, and make sure individuals experiencing bullying don’t have to go through it alone.