Friday, August 5, 2011

Taking on Bullying

Bullying among school-aged youth is a significant problem, and it continues to increase.

It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. (National Education Association)

One in seven students is either a bully or victim.
56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school.
71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.

In order to reduce bullying in schools, students need to be taught how to deal with situations where bullies confront them.

One such band, Debbie and Friends, is taking on bullying with younger children in a very creative way- with music!

In their new song and dance number called, "Walk Away", they introduce the basic ideas of bullying and that you should "just walk away, no matter what they say."

Below is their storyboard preview to go along with the song. The finished cartoon will be out in September 2011.

You can also check out a previous post here on More with Music called Hands are not for Hitting here.

Do you know other songs that deal with bullying and how to deal with being bullied? Please share if you do!

As always, thanks for stopping by and stop back soon for More with Music!


  1. Dear Amanda,

    Thanks so much for the nice mention of our song/rough-sketch cartoon designed to help young children who are dealing with bullying. The finished version of the cartoon was released the other day and I thought you might like to see it. Here's the link:

    Thank you again!

    Debbie Cavalier

  2. You are more than welcome, Debbie! Congratulations on the release of the finished version!