ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As millions of students head back to school, CustomInk, the “design online” custom T-shirt company, released the results of a national survey on teens’ experiences with bullying.
The survey finds that bullying is still a major issue among American teens in the 10 largest metro areas, with 83 percent saying they have been teased or bullied, and 72 percent saying they worry about being bullied by peers.
To help teens stand up against bullying, CustomInk launched its 4th annual “Be Good to Each Other” campaign.
Coinciding with the back-to-school season and October’s National Bullying Prevention month, the campaign encourages student groups and others to take a stand for kindness and tolerance by designing and wearing custom bullying prevention T-shirts.
The campaign is supported by leading celebrities and athletes, including Justin Tucker and Dennis Pitta of the Baltimore Ravens, Lauren Potter from “Glee,” and AnnaSophia Robb from “The Carrie Diaries.”
Each has designed custom T-shirts and are participating pro bono because they feel strongly about this issue.
“CustomInk is all about people coming together in positive ways, and this new survey illustrates the importance of group strength and action in solving the issue of bullying among American teens,” said CustomInk co-founder and CEO Marc Katz. “Our Be Good to Each Other campaign uses the power of custom t-shirts to bring people together and help stop bullying.”
Each celebrity has designed their own custom bullying prevention t-shirt to be sold throughout the campaign, with 100 percent of the profits benefiting PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Celebrities will also utilize the power of social media to engage and connect with their fans to spread a message of acceptance and kindness.
How to Get Involved
Now through October 31, visit www.customink.com/stopbullying. Students, community groups, and others can design and personalize bullying prevention shirts for their school, team or organization, and fans can buy their favorite celebrity-designed shirts as well. Everyone is invited to take part in PACER’s UNITY DAY on Wednesday, October 22, when the organization encourages people to send a message of support to those who have experienced bullying by wearing orange. Exclusive 2014 UNITY DAY shirts designed by PACER are also available for purchase.