Too much of the burden around youth cyberbullying gets put on schools – education, prevention, investigating cases and punishing perpetrators. It’s nice to see any time corporate America gets involved to lend a hand.
The Teen Indie Awards for students films were held last night in New York, and showcased the winners in AT&T’s new effort to help schools combat cyberbullying.
The Cyberbullying Film Invitational was promoted and managed by AT&T and Fullscreen and attracted more than 250 student filmmakers from across the country. AT&T handed out awards to the best films, and plans to use footage from the winning films to produce an educational cyberbullying resource for schools. The video will be available, for free, to schools starting in March of next year.
The big winners from the contest:
- Steilacoom High School, Steilacoom, WA, cash prize of $5,000
- Mythic Bridge, Brooklyn, NY, cash prize of $3,500
- Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA, cash prize of $2,500
Other finalists winning $2,500 awards:
- Grace Church School, New York, NY
- Communications High School, Wall, NJ
- Nature Coast Technical High School, Brooksville, FL
Other finalists winning $1,000 awards:
- Cedar Crest High School, Lebanon, PA
- Rye Country Day School, Rye, NY
- Digital Arts and Cinema Technology High School, Brooklyn, NY
- Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Science and Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, PA
An additional Public Choice award of $5,000 will be given out at a future date. You can vote for your favorite school here (Edit: voting now closed.
According to Marissa Shorenstein, New York State President, AT&T,
“An astounding 8-in-10 teenagers admit to being cyberbullied, or know someone who has been bullied through social media or text. We know this issue is very real for students, schools and families and AT&T wants to help. AT&T congratulates the student participants of our first Cyberbullying Film Invitational. We look forward to incorporating their powerful short films into our national film.”
Thank you and congratulations to all students who were involved, and thanks to AT&T for an outstanding effort to help the youth community. Thanks also for giving these budding filmmakers a stage to show their work.
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