What can you do about bullying?

Surrey launches second-annual film contest to raise awareness about help and solutions.

“What can u do?” is the theme of Surrey’s second annual Stop Bullying Film Contest, which is aimed at engaging youth to raise awareness about bullying, providing information about help that is available, and developing solutions.

“Bullying should not be tolerated in schools, workplaces, online, or anywhere in our communities,” said Mayor Dianne Watts. “This film contest is a creative way to highlight the issue and the solutions. We have a lot of talented students in Surrey, and I look forward to watching and learning from the videos we receive.”

Students from Grades 6 to 12 are invited to submit a 30-second or 60-second film that identifies types of bullying, the impact that bullying has on people, and solutions to the problem.

There will be three categories: Junior (Grades 6 and 7), Intermediate (Grades 8, 9 and 10) and Senior (Grades 11 and 12).

“We have some of the brightest, most creative students in Canada in the Surrey School District,” said Surrey RCMP Chief Supt. Bill Fordy. “I am looking forward to the videos these young minds will produce, and the impact they will have on helping to eradicate the intolerable behaviour of bullying in any form.”

The contest was launched Thursday at Johnston Heights Secondary School and is a partnership between the City of Surrey, Surrey RCMP, CUPE 402, and the Surrey School District.

“Bullying can have a devastating impact on a school and a community, so one of the goals of this contest is to provide information about the help and support that is available to those who are being bullied,” said Councillor Barinder Rasode, chair of the Community Safety Committee.

Submission deadline is Feb. 8, 2013 and the winning film in each category will be announced on Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 27, 2013.

For more information, visit www.surrey.ca/stopbullying or Facebook.com/surreyyouth.

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