Knox County Teens Stand Up To Cyber-bullying Through Class Project

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UPDATED: Thursday April 3, 2014 6:38 PM

A class assignment has started a conversation about cyber-bullying in one central Ohio Community.

Two girls in the East Knox Local School District turned an incident they went through into a video, and they say the response has been overwhelming.

The students say they put their project on YouTube so their teacher could view it and never thought other people would watch it.

The two girls, Mikayla Little and Meghan Brady, take an elective class at East Knox Jr./Sr. High School called, “21st Century Digital Citizenship.”

Teacher Chip Pozderac says it's more than just a study of social media.

"I want them to understand the importance of their digital footprint, being a digital citizen,” said Elizabeth "Chip" Pozderac

Pozderac recently gave her ninth through 12th grade students an assignment to create something to show what cyber-bullying is and what it means.

“The kids could do a few different things,” said Pozderac, “Bathroom stall readers, posters, but I gave the video option to the seniors because I thought it would be more creative for them.”

Using their school-issued iPad, Little and Brady - high school seniors and best friends - created a video, that they say was inspired by a cyber-bullying incident they experienced.

"We talked about it and we thought, ‘oh this kind of relates to the story that she went through and that we went through together,’ and it just kind of went from there,” said Meghan Brady.

The two wrote the words, they say were written about Mikayla on social media, on their bodies to show the scars left behind by hateful words.

“At the time I had deleted all of my social media and just tried to get away from it. But it was still always there,” said Mikayla Little

And other people related to that feeling, too.

"People were coming up to us like, 'hey we watched your video and it was great' and there were people on Facebook sharing it who we didn't even know,” Brady said.

An example, Pozderac says, that responsible use of media can make a difference.  "They exceeded my expectation.”

She says the two girls now talk to other students about the issue and are involved in the district’s anti-bullying campaign.

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