Cyberbully on YouTube (approx. 1 hour 25 minutes)
The full version of Cyberbully can be found on YouTube. It was originally created for ABC Family. Keep in mind, movies cannot keep up with technology so remember you are watching for content, not the latest iPhone. Cyberbully is loosely based on the true story of Megan Meier, but sadly Megan's story is a lot worse than the movie.
When watching, look for the answers to these questions:
- What should Taylor have done when the bullying started?
- After Taylor attempted suicide, how did she get strong enough to go back to school?
- What options do you have if you are being bullied?
- What can we all do to stop bullying?
- The recommended amount of screen time (TV, phone, video games, computer, etc.) is LESS THAN 2 HOURS!
- IF you are caught cyberbullying someone, even if you are not at school, you can get punished by your school.
- There are usually 3 types of people in bullying situations:
- The BULLY
- The VICTIM
- The BYSTANDERS
- A bystander is someone who witnesses someone getting bullied but does not provide any real help to the victim.
When you are putting pictures, comments or posts online- ask yourself:
- Am I posting anything that would be hurtful to someone else?
- Will this get me in trouble if my school found out I posted it?
- Would I want my mom, dad, grandparent, guardian or other close parental figure seeing this?
- In 5 or 10 years, am I going to want what I posted to be seen?
- Would a college or job want me after seeing what I put online?
- Would I want my future children seeing what I post?
Your online presence is like your reputation. You have the power to create it, or destroy it.
Megan Meier's story can be found at: Megan Meier Foundation
The Butterfly Circus Short Film (approx. 22 min)
The Butterfly Circus is an inspirational short film about a man who was born with no arms and no legs. The film takes place during the Great Depression. At this time, traveling circuses came about. The Butterfly Circus is the 'good circus'. They take people into their circus who have struggled in life. Each member of the circus has had to overcome some type of obstacle in life. Then there is the 'bad circus'. The bad circus has a side show where people who are different are put on display to be made fun of. The side show has a bearded lady, conjoined twins, a painted man, and the man with no arms and no legs. The man with no arms and no legs is named Will. In real life, Nick Vujicic, the actor who plays Will, was also born with no arms and no legs.
The meaning behind the butterfly... a butterfly starts out as a caterpillar, who creates a cocoon or chrysalis, and then must struggle and push against the cocoon in order to emerge a butterfly and fly away. If the butterfly does not struggle, the butterfly will not have enough strength in its wings to fly and the butterfly will die.
The best line in the film... "The greater the struggle, the more glorious the triumph."
Will must struggle in order to find his strength, and his talent, to become a true part of the Butterfly Circus.
After watching, answer the following questions:
- How do you think it would feel to be born like Nick Vujicic (the actor who plays Will)?
- Why do you think the ring leader, Mr. Mendez, left Will on the log by the water?
- What happened as a result of Will trying to manage himself (what did he discover he could do?)?
- A butterfly is used in this movie because a butterfly must struggle to get out of its cocoon in order to fly... What were Will's struggles in order to find his place in the circus? What did he go through?
Final thoughts... I love this short film because I believe the message is that EVERYONE has strengths and talents and a purpose. Sometimes you have to struggle to find out what they are!
BULLIED: The Jamie Nabozny Story (approx. 27 min)
Bullied is a documentary film that chronicles one student's ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today.
Bullied is designed to help all students understand the terrible toll bullying can take on its victims, and to encourage students to stand up for their classmates who are being harassed.
Quote by Nina Buxbaum, Home Economics Teacher at Ashland High from the video:
"Kids get harassed for all kinds of reasons. They're too fat. They're too thin. They're too tall. They are too smart. They're too dumb. Gays and lesbians are picked on."
NONE OF THAT IS OK.
After watching, answer the following questions:
- How was the bullying Jamie received different than the way kids bully today?
- What do you think the school should have done to protect Jamie?
- What characteristics did Jamie exhibit when he decided to stand up for himself and take his school district to court?
- What should you do if you are being bullied or if you know someone who is being bullied?
There is enough hate in this world. We need to come together to make the world a better place, not make it worse.