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be a STAR is an anti-bullying alliance co-founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE
LiveJournal has joined the be a STAR alliance, a group of organizations united to raise awareness of bullying and to create avenues of discourse in communities on the ground as well as in cyberspace. bullying_begone, a LiveJournal community created by a victim of bullying, is a place for people to share their stories, seek advice, and support each other in a open and friendly environment.

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness month. Throughout the month, we'll be addressing bullying topics in various features and communities on the site. To get the conversation started, LiveJournal and bullying_begone are sponsoring a giveaway in Writer's Block this Monday, October 3rd. Here's the details:

  • When: Monday, October 3rd, 2011
  • Where: Writer's Block, on the LiveJournal homepage
  • One winner, chosen at random, will receive an Amazon Kindle e-reader and a $25 Amazon gift card
  • To enter, answer the Writer's Block question on Monday, October 3rd
  • The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, October 4th, and announced here at lj_contests
While bullies aren’t going to vanish overnight, we can turn the tide by reaching out to friends, victims, and bullies alike to learn more about the roles people play in this cycle and what can be done to improve relationships. By working to better recognize bullying and the tactics employed by bullies, we can engage both the victims and their aggressors in an effort to minimize the effects of bullying. If you've been affected by bullying directly or you know someone who has, we invite you to share your experiences over at bullying_begone.

Update (10/4/2011): The list of finalists from Writer's Block and comments posted here in lj_contests has been finalized and a winner has been chosen. Congratulations to punkgrl5, winner of an Amazon Kindle and a $25 Amazon gift card! :-)


Oct. 3rd, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
No worries, it's not an essay contest. :-)
Oct. 4th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
I hope you guys actually review the responses before you actually select the winner, though. Because it's kind of not fair if someone wins based on like a couple lines (that may not even answer the question) rather than someone who at least took a decent amount of time to respond. Not exactly an essay, but...not a quick and hurried response, either.
Oct. 4th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
What makes a longer response more important than a short one? I don't think the length of the posts should matter but the content. Some of us can make our case without making it long, why should we be excluded?
Oct. 4th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Like I said, I'm mostly talking about replies that are off topic/don't really answer the question. If someone can write up a decent response in a few lines, I have no problem with that.
Oct. 4th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Okay gotcha just seemed to me more value was placed on longer posts. I misunderstood my apologies.