In case I haven’t mentioned it on the blog just yet, my kids are completely obsessed with WWE. Obsessed I tell you. By the way, have I mentioned yet that they are obsessed with WWE?
At first glance you might think that the WWE promotes violence and even a little absurdity. Some of their characters are a bit nutty, after all. Yet that is all in the ring and done for show. What I have learned since my kids began this obsession is that the WWE is actually a social good powerhouse. They address issues such as honoring military personnel and their families, promoting education, and encouraging a world without bullying,
Sadly, intolerance is everywhere. It presents itself every day in a multitude of ways. Bullying is a crisis of epidemic proportions, made even more prevalent by the influence of social media. Statistics show that over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year. Over and over again, studies say that the emotional effects of bullying in childhood can last a lifetime.
As parents, not only do we need to give our kids confidence and teach them what to do if they are ever being bullied. It is also our responsibility to make sure that our children are not the ones bullying others. We all worry that our children will be the victims of a bully, but it seems that none of us want to believe we could possibly be raising a bully. Yet if 13 million kids in this country are getting bullied, inevitably there are millions of bullies out there too. Those bullies have to be coming from somewhere, right?
It is about tolerance and respect – for everyone, by everyone.
The WWE works closely with The Creative Coalition, an advocacy organization among the arts and entertainment community that is dedicated to issues of public importance. Their members participate PSA campaigns, mentoring programs, and arts advocacy initiatives. Earlier today, The Creative Coalition and the WWE announced the launch of the new S.T.A.R. Alliance, a group of actors, musicians, comedians, athletes, television personalities who have joined together to help put an end to bullying. Some of my personal favorites are included on this list, such as Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Constance Zimmer and Omar Epps.
The name is given from BE a STAR, an anti-bullying initiative founded in 2011 by these two collaborative organizations.. Be a STAR stands for “Show Tolerance And Respect.”. WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, as well as wrestling superstars such as Big Show, The Miz and Mark Henry are joining The Creative Coalition to spread the message of tolerance and respect. Other S.T.A.R. Alliance members include: Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), Kris Allen (American Idol Winner), Jose Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays), Andrea Bowen (Desperate Housewives), Erin Cummings (Astronaut Wives Club), Tim Daly (Madam Secretary), Daughtry (Grammy Nominated), Omar Epps (Resurrection), Flo Rida (Grammy Nominated), Florida Georgia Line (Award Winning Country Artists), Skylar Grey (Grammy Nominated), Chelsea Hightower (Dancing with the Stars), Caleb Johnson (American Idol Winner), Arielle Kebbel (John Tucker Must Die), Piers Morgan (Piers Morgan Tonight), Ryan Ochoa (Pair of Kings), Sharon Osbourne (The X-Factor), Darius Rucker (Solo Artist and lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish), Cassie Scerbo (Make It Or Break It), Kendall Schmidt (Big Time Rush), Chase Spencer (The Twilight Sagas), and Train (Grammy Award Winning).
Together, let’s encourage not just our children, but everyone, to treat others with tolerance and respect. Let’s stop bullying once and for all.