Bullying is a huge problem in our society and our school systems. It’s hard to escape bullying, especially now with cyberbullying. A Yale study found that bully victims are between 2 and 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides are connected to incidents of bullying, and 10-14 year old girls are at higher risk for suicide.(1)
Study shows that at least half of suicides are connected with incidents of bullying!
Bullying is identified as an imbalance of power where kids use their power such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information or popularity to control or harm others. Bullying behaviors happen more than once and include actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and intentionally exclude someone from a group.(2)
Kate Winslet narrates short anti-bullying cartoon film entitled, Daisy Chain!
There are many organizations partnering with Hollywood in order to take their anti-bullying messages further. Kate Winslet partnered with writer/director Galvin Scott Davisto to narrate a short film titled, Daisy Chain. After hearing that his son was being picked on at school, Galvin encouraged his son and the bully to work on a series of comic books together. The comic books became Daisy Chain.(3)
Writer/director asks his son and his son’s bully to write a series of comics together to help others who are experiencing bullying!
The short film is a story that features hand-drawn animation about a young girl who is being bullied. A friend helps her create a “daisy chain” so strong that even the bullies can’t break it down.(3)
Kate Winslet was a perfect narrator for the film as she has spoken out about her own experiences with bullying growing up. She is now using her influence to help build self-esteem and confidence in both children and adults who experience bullying. (3)
Along with the film, there is also an illustrated book, app and character figurines that parents and teachers can use to help talk to younger kids about bullying. (3)
If you find that your child or a child you know is being bullied, consider reaching out to the bully, the bully’s parents, the school, or community center and assessing if there is a creative way to stop the bullying behavior!