Formspring CEO Ade Olonoh explains why it is important for his company to be a part of this nationwide campaign to end cyberbullying, "Formspring's commitment to fighting cyberbullying goes beyond the proactive measures we've taken within our service, as evidenced by our work with partners like MIT and organizations like FOSI. We're strong supporters of the Great American NO BULL Challenge's anti-bullying message and are hopeful this event is a significant step towards ending bullying and the lasting effects it has on those who have been subject to it."
The President of the Cyber Safety Academy and Founder of The Great American NO BULL Challenge, Shawn Edgington, says, "We're excited to have Formspring on board the largest campaign against cyberbullying in America's history. Formspring has already taken monumental steps with regards to safety on their social network, and joining this campaign is another important step that communicates their commitment towards online safety." Together, the Cyber Safety Academy and Formspring, will use the power of social media to encourage teens to get involved.
About The Great American NO BULL Challenge:
The Cyber Safety Academy presents the Great American NO BULL Challenge and the NO BULL Teen Video Awards as a way to change the national conversation about cyberbullying and save lives. The national campaign was founded by Shawn Edgington, a cyber-safety expert, bestselling author and President of The Cyber Safety Academy. The Great American NO BULL Challenge inspires America's 25 million teens to stand up and come together to eliminate cyberbullying. Beginning January 15th, students will write and direct their own videos to create Public Service Announcements with an anti-bullying theme.
Fifteen finalists will be invited to attend the star-studded NO BULL Teen Video Awards show in San Francisco, promoted by Live Nation. At the NO BULL Teen Video Awards, teens will see amazing artists perform live, and meet and greet their favorite celebrities. They will also have the chance to win $25,000 worth of prizes while having their video introduced to America. www.nobullchallenge.org
Based in San Francisco, CA, Formspring was founded in November of 2009 by Ade Olonoh. Formspring is a global service that encourages millions of people around the world to respond to one another in an authentic and meaningful way. On Formspring, people can have fun, share everything from a photo to a story, and relate to the people they know or find interesting. As one of the fastest growing Internet sites in 2010, Formspring has over 27M registered members. www.formspring.com
The Campaign's Strategic Partners:
The campaign's strategic partners include: Formspring, iSafe, National Organizations for Youth Safety, FCCLA, teenDailyStrength, 4-H, Students Against Destructive Decisions, HealthCorps, The Anti-Defamation League, Business Professionals of America, Project Change, American School Counselor Association, The Megan Meier Foundation, National Collaboration for Youth, The Bully Police Squad, Jay Banks Productions, Social Shield, GuestAssist Campus, Communities in Schools, the California Endowment and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.