With the premiere of ABC Family’s film Cyberbully starring Emily Osment last night, Seventeen guest editor Demi Lovato has spoken out about the online form of bullying, encouraging teens to take a stand against bullying.
“I wanted to share with you a topic that is incredibly close to my heart: fighting bullying. I was bullied when I was younger, it got so bad that I ended up leaving school because of it and the effects of that traumatizing time are still with me to this day.
Bullying can take many forms, and one of the most common ones today is cyberbullying. This is such a huge problem, and despite the fact that everyone is aware of it, things seems to be getting worse instead of better. One story that really sticks with me involves the tragic death of Phoebe Prince, which could so easily have been avoided.
When will people understand that verbal abuse is just as serious as physical abuse? How many precious lives will it take to put an end to the hurt caused by cyber abuse?
I think that some people use bullying as a way to fit in, and I’ve noticed it’s not just the “cool” kids doing it anymore. Sitting behind a computer gives people a sense of anonymity, but everyone needs to realize that words—even the ones they write online—have a strong power to hurt people.
It’s not okay to bully anyone—ever. I hope to encourage everyone to take a stand and put a stop to this horrible epidemic. If you are being bullied or if you know someone who is, please visit Teens Against Bullying for more info.
Together we can make a difference—together we can save lives.
Love DEMI LOVATO”
Actress Emily Osment recently chatted with TV Guide about her upcoming ABC Family movie Cyberbully, which premieres TONIGHT. The story revolves around Emily’s character who is the victim of online bullying.
Emily revealed that the role was a new experience, “The hardest thing was being on set every day and having to get into the state of mind where I was crying,” she says. “It was emotionally strenuous.”
“The biggest message in this film is that Taylor didn’t feel like she had anyone to talk to about it. She didn’t think anyone was going through the same type of pain that she was experiencing and it made it that much harder.”
“This is a very effective film and has a strong message, a message that we’re trying conduct in a different way,” she says. “There are a lot of teen help lines and anonymous websites you can go on, but this is the first time a movie has truly been made just about cyber-bullying. It’s going to be a shock for everyone and I think that’s a good thing. I hope it will make a difference.”
Be sure to tune into ABC Family tonight to catch Cyberbully!
After releasing a preview of the song a couple days ago, Emily Osment has released the full version of her new song Drift. This new song was written by Emily for her new ABC Family movie Cyberbully, a movie about bullying on the internet, which is set to air on July 16th.
Check it out!
Hannah Montana star Emily Osment has just released a quick preview of a new song of hers called Drift, which she wrote for her new ABC Family movie Cyberbully.
“You can now pre-order a song I wrote/produced for Cyberbully called “Drift” on Amazon! Cover photog by yours truly. ” Emily wrote to her fans. Be sure to pre-order the track here!
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