“The Upstanders” Documentary on Cyberbullying on 1-27

 

The Montgomery Township Municipal Alliance in partnership with regional Municipal Alliances in Somerset County and the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is excited to announce a FREE and MUST-SEE virtual documentary screening event on January 27, 2021 @ 7pm.  Register at:

http://bit.ly/theupstanders


About the Upstanders Documentary: All parents, children above the ages 13+, school staff, community leaders, community helpers, adults are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to view this documentary that addresses aspects of our everyday lives that is not often talked about.  Block out this date on your family calendars and watch together!

What’s with all the meanness online? What’s going on? The documentary explores cyber-bullying, bullying among friends, families, co-workers and the brain science behind it all. When we look in the mirror we sometimes say things to ourselves we would never say to someone else. Are we bullying ourselves? When we treat ourselves well we model for others how we want to be treated and how others should treat themselves. It has to start with us. The Upstanders will provide resources, tools, and hope.

An IndieFlix Original Documentary. Appropriate for ages 13+

The Upstanders is not only for those who personally experience bullying, but also for kids and adults who witness bullying. The film discusses that the larger the number of bystanders to bullying, the less likely it is that an individual intervenes. The bystander has the power to make an incredible difference.

“We all have bystanders and upstanders in us,” Dr. Tony Walker, Senior Director of Student Support Services at Uplift said. “We want to stand up when we see something wrong happening. This film shows how we can be upstanders in a safe way.”

“The Upstanders” shows bullying through the lens of students, parents, families, and experts. It demonstrates that even if a student deletes their social media accounts or blocks phone numbers, bullies can use other numbers to text screenshots of hurtful social media posts and continue to harass someone. The nature of social media that removes in-person connections is that it can make it easier for people to say and do things they would not do when they can see the other person. Technology can be a wonderful tool but limiting social media and maximizing real-life interactions with people is a great way to create a healthy balance. Covid-19 has only exacerbated the problem of cyber-abuse, by providing an environment conducive to bullying – one of isolation, anxiety, and increased time on screens.

Source: Montgomery Twp. Municipal Alliance