Anti-bullying video goes viral

The Canadian Safe School Network published a video just two weeks ago about cyberbullying. It was modeled after the occasional “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Toronto Star reports.

The video, which features real kids reading actual tweets posted about them, has already received nearly a million views on YouTube.

Now, while it may be highly entertaining and a little funny to watch movie stars and high-power politicians like President Barack Obama read mean tweets about themselves, watching kids do the same thing is entirely unfunny.

You can donate money to the Canadian Safe School Network’s campaign to stop cyberbullying on their indiegogo site, here. “Unfortunately, over 50 percent of adolescents have admitted to being a victim of cyberbullying,” the network writes. “So we made a video to remind the world that cyberbullying is no joke. It’s a serious issue that we want everyone talking about. And that’s where you come in. … By donating, you’ll be helping us spread this important message.”

In response to the viral nature of the video, the network commented:

THANK YOU to all the folks who helped to spread this powerful message by liking and sharing the video! Millions of people all over the world have now seen, thought, and hopefully talked about the seriousness of cyberbullying, and none of it would have been possible without you. An extra big high five to those of you who also took the time to share your positive and constructive comments below and who continue to foster the conversation and try and help. 

We have covered the topic of cyberbullying extensively, so this time, we’ll just let the network have the last word. Here’s the video:

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