Full Court March
March 14 – April 3, 2023
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Buckets Over Bullying and Resorts World Las Vegas team up from March 14 through April 3 to host “Full Court March” at the 88-acre Las Vegas resort property during the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments to raise awareness and attention to the growing youth cyberbullying crisis.
Basketball aficionados Tristan Jass, a trick shot sensation and Buckets Over Bullying board member, and 7-foot-6 hoopster Mamadou N’Diaye , the one-time tallest basketball player at the NCAA Division I level, showcase their skills on an indoor basketball court at the 70,000-square-foot resort retail center, The District. In addition to bringing awareness to cyberbullying prevention, they hosted drill sessions, basketball challenges and interacted with fans. Crowd favorite chi.town.pauly, a.k.a. Buckets Over Bullying board member Pauly Urdan, took the court to up the energy as the event’s emcee.
During the “Full Court March” event, digital anti-cyberbullying messaging will be broadcasted throughout the 88-acre Las Vegas Strip property at various locations including one of the largest LED screens in the United States, the 100,000-square-foot West Tower screen as well as the LED globe in The District. Messaging led by Buckets of Bullying will include a QR code to Take the Pledge: “I Will Never Use My Device as a Weapon!”
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on “Protecting Our Children Online.”
February 14, 2023
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Buckets Over Bullying founding board member and mom, Rose Bronstein, joined other mothers who have lost children to suicide after they were relentlessly cyberbullied in Washington D.C. on Feb. 14, 2023 for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on “Protecting Our Children Online.”
Bronstein and fellow mothers Kristen Bride of Oregon and Christine McComas of Maryland shared their stories with lawmakers and called for immediate federal action. During the hearing, Bride told the bipartisan committee chaired by Sen. Dick Durbin, D- Ill.:“It is so difficult to tell our stories of the very worst day of our lives over and over and over again, and then not see change. We’re done with the hearings; we’re done with the stories. We are looking to you all for action. And I am confident that you can all come together and do this for us and for America’s children.”
Chicago Public League (CPL) High School Basketball Championship Week
February 7 – February 11, 2023
Buckets Over Bullying partnered with the Chicago Public League to educate students, parents, educators and the community on the scope, dangers and need to address the youth cyberbullying issue in Chicago, Illinois and beyond during the Chicago Public League (CPL) High School Basketball Championship Week from Feb. 7 to Feb. 11. Buckets Over Bullying’s involvement included special halftime presentations during Championship Saturday on Feb. 11.
Chicago Student Cyberbullying Awareness Campaign
Buckets Over Bullying expanded its youth cyberbullying awareness/education campaign in Chicago with the release of two infographics highlighting the scope of the issue in Illinois and Chicago, home to the 5th largest public school system in the United States.
As part of this campaign, in January, Buckets Over Bullying erected a 20 x 57 foot billboard on North Avenue, a busy throughfare in Chicago, to illustrate the scope of the problem and the need for kids to “NEVER Use Their Device as a Weapon.”
Social Media Safety Rally
November 5, 2022
More than 500 Chicago-area parents and teens joined us for our first-ever Social Media Safety Rally to learn about social media-related dangers.
In partnership with The Organization for Social Media Safety and the Jesse White Foundation, the rally also featured basketball trick shot sensation Tristan Jass; Elvin Rodriguez, star of the new Netflix film, Hustle; the Jesse White Tumblers; Mamadou Ndiyae; Jordan Southerland; and Nick Ansom, aka Nico Naismith, founder of the Venice basketball league and the Hoop Bus.
From The Organization for Social Media Safety, Founder Ed Peisner and CEO Marc Berkman presented topics including preventing cyberbullying; how to fight back against social media addiction; how to stop social media-motivated violence; and safely reacting to and helping reduce hate speech on social media.