Young Celebrity Meredith O’Connor and “The Smile of the Child” are uniting forces against bullying

Young Celebrity Meredith O’Connor and “The Smile of the Child” are uniting forces against bullying
 
PRESS RELEASE

Athens, 31 March 2015

Young Celebrity Meredith O’Connor and “The Smile of the Child” are uniting forces against bullying
 

During a press conference “The Smile of the Child”, coordinator of the European Anti-bullying Network presented its initiatives against bullying on the occasion of the visit of the American singer-songwriter, actress and anti-bullying advocate Meredith Ο’Connor in Greece. 
 
Meredith O’ Connor is an 18-year-old young person who has been a victim of bullying herself. Based on her experience, she became an advocate for victims of bullying and an anti-bullying spokesperson. Meredith and her team perform for thousands of young people in their schools, taking questions and encouraging the victims of bullying to stay strong. Her song “The Game” is her personal testimony speaking about the way she experienced and overcame bullying.
 
“Bullying is a global phenomenon and concerns all. We are very happy to welcome Meredith in Greece and for the cooperation with The Smile of the Child. It is important to pass the anti-bullying message through a young teenager who has experienced bullying herself as well as to continue raising awareness among students, teachers and parents and informing them on the proper ways of preventing and tackling this problem”, said Costas Giannopoulos, President of the BoD of “The Smile of the Child” and the European Anti-bullying Network.

In cooperation with Greek schools and as an integral part of her visit, Meredith will perform her songs and she will speak to students about bullying using art as a mean of showing them that they are not alone in this struggle.
 
"I was bullied from a very young age. It got really bad in middle school, and when 'Celebrity' came out in high school, people began to be nicer to me. The thing that causes bullying for a lot of teens is just being different. When teens are insecure with themselves they pick on others for being different” said Meredith. “Bullying is a form of abuse and a health issue and under this prism we need to deal with it. Children and young people should speak up and talk to people who trust and think that they can really support them” she added.  
 
During the press conference students and teachers shared ways and their actions of tackling bullying within the school environment, while they also had the opportunity to pose questions to Meredith particularly on the role of bystanders in bullying incidents as well as the way she overcame the tragic consequences of the problem seeking help and support. 
 
Meredith’s visit in Greece is part of her worldwide anti-bullying school tour in an effort to pass her message against bullying. Next stops of her tour are schools in Australia and New Zealand. 
 
Student volunteers of YOUSMILE will perform a live web interview on Saturday 4 April 2015 with Meredith sharing the strong message of young people against bullying. 
 
For more information on Meredith and her work visit her website.
 
For more information on the press release you can contact our press team on (+30) 210 33 06 140 or press@hamogelo.gr