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Maurine Molak of David’s Legacy Foundation talked about the organization’s mission to increase awareness of bullying in the modern world of social media and technology. She discussed current legislation pertaining to the problem of bullying in schools along with programs and partnerships available.
A year and a half ago, we launched the Be Internet Awesome program to help kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world. We built a little something for everyone: a curriculum for teachers, resources for parents and an adventure-packed online game for kids.
Texas PTA first became involved in the work to reduce bullying in 2011, when we worked with legislators to pass a law strengthening guidelines for dealing with bullying in the schools. At that time, cell phones were still scarce in the schools, and administrators were reluctant to support laws that required schools to confront cyberbullying, but we saw where things were heading.
This is the story of a cheerleader, a filmmaker, and a mother. And how bullies brought their lives together on Saturday to help make a documentary about cyber bullying. “It was so small, and everyone had their own friend groups already,” said Jayden Burnette, the former high school cheer leader.
By Wednesday afternoon, the clip had more than 13 million YouTube views with 318,000 likes and 721,000 dislikes, with many condemning the Gillette ad as condescending with a message they say demonizes and feminizes men. Some even are swearing off the brand and its owner, Procter & Gamble, for competitors such as the subscription razor service, Dollar Shave Club.
This holiday season, a special message will be playing on the radio to reach out to those suffering. The David’s Legacy Foundation is teaming up with others to prevent suicide and depression. Producing music is something Mac Damon has been doing for years but recently a special cause has taken over his recording studio.
San Antonio Papa John’s are partnering with David’s Legacy Foundation to fight cyberbullying. The San Antonio locations will donate 29 percent of Wednesday’s sales. A new school year marks an opportunity for new friends, new classes, and some new schools. While it’s exciting for many, it marks the start of bullying for some.
Papa John’s Pizza locations in San Antonio are teaming up with a local organization to help in the fight against cyberbullying. The David’s Legacy Foundation was formed after the suicide of David Molak. Molak was 16 years old and attending Alamo Heights High School when he took his own life nearly 3 years ago. Leading up to his suicide, Molak had been bullied online.
We at David’s Legacy Foundation are grateful for the support of our friends, neighbors and partners, like our locally owned Papa John’s stores. As we work to increase awareness of teen cyber bullying and the life-altering affects it can have on families, we raise a higher bar for communities. Papa John’s does the same.
It’s been over a year since anti-bullying legislation known as David’s Law passed. Now plans are in the works to consider revising the bill and enhancing certain parts. “There’s going to be a lot of conversations this legislative session regarding school safety and bullying I believe will come up in part of that conversation,” said Maurine Molak.
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