"DON’T LET IT GET TO YOU!"
TEEN STAR ELLIE SMITH’S
"Then, I take the mike and walk among the students, telling the
story of the video and my story of being bullied. My half hour
presentation is interactive, and I involve the kids in discussions
about self-esteem and the courage to ‘be yourself’.
"I have been so inspired by the response of all the student,
faculty and administration audiences wherever I have presented
"Don’t Let It Get to You". The kids’ spontaneous participation,
their enthusiasm and love -- yes, LOVE !! -- is so special to me.
Many sign in on Facebook, not just to see my video, but to share,
to post their comments about the message, and how much it has
meant to them.
"That strength to believe in one’s self is the greatest defense against being vulnerable to bullying," the amazing Ellie informs cyberspacers.
Ellie’s campaign success ends with her audiences talking with her
one-on-one, many thanking her for help in rebuilding their own
self-confidence and respect. But there’s no magic formula here.
According to Ellie:
"I wish my message were "magic" -- then I could bottle it and
give it to every child. I saw one student’s comment on my website
who said they were very inspired when they heard the message,
that it helped turn their life around.
"This is all about the special value of that one student -- and that
of every other boy or girl because we are ALL special and unique
individuals, with our own particular talents and interests.
"And no one can ever take that away from you through bullying,
excluding you, or any type of actions that are intended to make
you feel ‘less than’ the special and important person you are."
When you hear the hauntingly beautiful "Don’t Let It Get to You",
you know it’s about life, as well as bullying.
"The lyrics apply to everyone," Ellie tells CyberSpacers. "But the
vid is specific to bullying, social bullying the most common type,
the cruelty of ridicule, ostracism and rejection.
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