It’s the anti-bullying video every child parent and teacher should watch. One in three Australian kids is bullied at school, but a group of everyday school kids have made a special video begging other students to take action – and they have some serious celebrity backers.
Anti-bullying campaigns are cropping up in workplaces, schools, the defence forces and even childcare centres. But this campaign is unlike many others - because it is inspired and centred on actual bullying victims.
Inspired and performed by students from three Catholic primary and secondary schools, the video has already become a classroom staple in schools across NSW.
The message? Become an upstander, not a bystander.
Watch the full video here.
Similar to the video that gained bullying victim Casey Hynes notoriety, the campaign features real teenagers facing real bullies.
Hynes' response to a long-term bully was caught on video in 2011 and became viral literally overnight. A Current Affair later found out in an interview that he had been a victim most of his life, and had even silently contemplated suicide.
We caught up with him again, and Hynes said he strongly supported a campaign that encouraged people to act.
"It would have made a load of difference if it could have stopped at the peak or the start ... if someone stepped in and said "leave him alone" it would have been 10-times better."