“It Gets Better” is a popular phrase coined by a campaign intended to help the LBGT community in light of the recent teen suicides. It is important to let our nation’s youth realize that being bullied has no effect on the talent they have, and if they work hard they can accomplish anything in life.
“The bullies that bullied us, they’re at home watching us on TV!”
This quote came from Demi Lovato during Jillian Jensen’s performance on the hit television show “X Factor.” It highlights the fact that kids who are bullied can do great things, but because they don’t always have a voice, they are ignored and disregarded in school which lowers their self-esteem.
Stars like Demi Lovato help to shine light on bullies by sharing their past with fans. This helps kids relate and identify with someone who has been through the same struggles as them. It helps them continue to fight, knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and showing them, popularity in school has nothing to do with popularity or success later in life.
“It’s OK, I know exactly what you’ve gone through, but I made it through, and I know you will to.” Lovato stated on the show.
Celebrities like Lovato and Jensen who have the courage to share their struggles, open dialogue in our nation’s youth. It helps to bring the issues to America’s home and in some cases changes attitudes in aggressive bullies in our schools, and even shape how society views bullies.
Jensen promised herself that if she ever made it onto TV, she would dedicate her performance to others who’ve been bullied. “Knowing that I, literally, survived my experience … that’s what gave me strength,” she said. “I knew I could survive and be a voice for all those kids.”
Jensen said in reference to Lovato, “Knowing that the person I look up to the most with my experience genuinely looks at me and understands.”
Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwgr2PTZlIM
Kids should have a role model to look up to, this will raise their self-esteem and help them to realize they shouldn’t let a few negative people prevent them from accomplishing all they have to offer in life. It’s everyone’s duty to understand, and take the time to listen and give a voice to our nation’s youth.
Don’t let the past dictate your future is an idea we should teach our children, especially in this age of cyber bullying, where cell phones can capture images that can haunt a child for years. The film Hello Herman explores the effects when a kid feels like he can’t escape his past and feels that he has only one option to solve his problems. Check out the trailer at www.hellohermanthefilm.com and learn more about the film at www.allinallfilms.com.