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Published April 19, 2012, 06:59 PM

Minnesota schools at forefront of 'Get Louder' anti-bullying campaign

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - If your children or grandkids are always on their phones texting or twittering or Facebooking, know this: There is a good chance they have been the victim or instigator of bullying. Tomorrow in Detroit Lakes and Moorhead, all the students are rallying around a unique Bullying Prevention Project called: GET LOUDER.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

If your children or grandkids are always on their phones texting or twittering or Facebooking, know this: There is a good chance they have been the victim or instigator of bullying. Tomorrow in Detroit Lakes and Moorhead, all the students are rallying around a unique Bullying Prevention Project called: GET LOUDER.

Moorhead 5th Grade teacher Ben Pedersen had the perfect response when asked if social media like Facebook and Twitter have become louder than the voices of our young people. The answer - Get Louder.

Ben Pederson – Moorhead Teacher: “Instead of it just happening in school or hallway it is happening into the night. Then when they come to school at 8 AM it is the first thing on their mind. What happened, even sometimes before they get on the bus. I’ll hear stories about when I woke up I went on Facebook or Twitter and this is what is being said about me.”

Pedersen, along with a special Safe and Healthy Learners group in the Moorhead District, have set aside tomorrow as a massive anti-bullying day. Signs pepper the schools right now, and today high school students went out into other Moorhead Schools to spread the message.

KC Carlson – Moorhead Head Student: “I have been bullied myself over it and I think the more we get around about it and how harmful it is, I think the less bullying there will be.”

That is the key here - to get to these students early on so by the time they are in high school they know the consequences of bullying.

Scott Matheson – Moorhead School Counselor: “The influence of kids and what they’re doing in terms of bullying is creeping lower and lower. Five years ago this was a primarily a middle school to high school problem. Now with technology and that instant connection it’s creeping down to a younger and younger age. We’ve got to start using media at a younger age to get this done.”

A special Facebook and other websites will guide students and parents through the Get Louder project. It’s a way to help move families and the school district into action, sparing students from the trauma and drama of senseless bullying.

For more on the Moorhead "Get Louder" Facebook and Websites click on the easy link tab.

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