Bullying in school has become a bigger and more public topic in recent years, with books, academics, the It Gets Better project, Seth's Law and various programs addressing it. But since the best approach is often the most direct one, the San Francisco District Attorney's office is running a contest for students to make videos about tackling bullying and harassment.
Open to middle school and high school students in San Francisco (ages 13-18), the contest seeks 60-second videos that discuss what harassment means, its impacts or positive ways to deal with it at school. Entries must have only original material, and must be uploaded to the Bye Bye Bullying website by Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. They'll be judged on their message and whether they reflect diversity, originality, quality and educational potential--and they can score an extra 10 points if they include a San Francisco landmark.
The prizes are worthwhile: iPads and baseballs signed by Giants player Barry Zito for first-place winners; Giants tickets in the 2013 season for second-place; and sailing or graffiti art lessons or Pier 39 fun passes for third. The videos will be posted on the DA's website for a year, and the winners will be announced at a press conference on December 4.