Cartoon Network and U.S. Senator Bob Casey Launch National Bullying Prevention Flag Raising Campaign

  Cartoon Network and U.S. Senator Bob Casey Launch National Bullying
  Prevention Flag Raising Campaign

  Building on the Momentum of the Stop Bullying: Speak Up Campaign, Cartoon
         Network Announces Next Milestone in Efforts to Stop Bullying

   2,000 Flag Raising Kits Sponsored by LG to be Sent to Upper Elementary &
            Middle Schools Through American Federation of Teachers

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PHILADELPHIA -- February 20, 2013

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) joined Cartoon Network President and COO Stuart
Snyder to launch the next initiative in the Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign
today. As Senator Casey prepares to re-introduce the Safe Schools Improvement
Act, he partnered with Cartoon Network to announce a national flag raising
campaign to combat bullying.

Schools, community centers and businesses can now raise Stop Bullying: Speak
Up flags to show their commitment to empowering kids to speak up against
bullying. In an auditorium packed with Warren G. Harding middle school
students, teachers and education dignitaries, Cartoon Network expanded its
campaign that already includes an ever-growing online social pledge app in
partnership with Facebook and Time Warner, Inc., a nationally broadcast,
award-winning television documentary that was introduced by President Barack
Obama, a number of original TV PSAs currently appearing on Cartoon Network,
two CNN specials hosted by Anderson Cooper exploring bullying issues and its
impact on young people, and an online portfolio of educational resources
available at no charge at

The new flags represent the power active bystanders have to stop bullying, as
well as a visible demonstration by adults to take action when they learn
bullying is happening. To jumpstart this effort, Cartoon Network is partnering
with LG Electronics USA to deliver more than 2,000 bullying prevention
toolkits and flags to schools across the nation through the American
Federation of Teachers (AFT).

In addition, anyone can download images of the flags, use a provided template
to create their own flag and/or take the pledge at and The AFT
also will encourage its members to showcase how they’ve raised their Stop
Bullying: Speak Up flags by posting images and testimonials on Facebook, where
they also may sign the social pledge and invite friends and colleagues to do
the same. The public is invited to share how they are speaking up about
bullying issues on the Stop Bullying: Speak Up Facebook site as well.

“Bullying and harassment affect millions of students every year,” said Senator
Casey. “I am re-introducing the Safe Schools Improvement Act to help ensure
that every child receives a quality education that builds self-confidence.
This bill is a crucial step towards ensuring that no child is afraid to go to
school for fear of bullying. I appreciate Cartoon Network’s efforts to shine
light on this important issue.”

“We’re very proud this year to join forces with Senator Casey in the national
effort to help bring an end to bullying,” said Snyder. “We’ve visited other
schools and cities to build awareness and enlist support for the Stop
Bullying: Speak Up mission, and have been greatly encouraged by the
overwhelming response students, teachers and parents have shown once they
realize there are proven tactics and methods that can help bring a quick end
to bullying situations. We hope wherever the Stop Bullying: Speak Up flag
might appear, young people will understand that this is a safe place where
bullying behaviors will not be tolerated.”

Connor Del Rio and Aimee Carrero, young stars of Cartoon Network’s Level Up
also made a special live appearance to rouse more than 400 middle school
students in the audience, encouraging all kids to take the pledge and raise
the flag to stop bullying. They presented two new PSAs that have started
airing on Cartoon Network, featuring the two actors and other cast members
from Level Up encouraging viewers to speak up against bullying in schools and

Stop Bullying: Speak Up was launched in 2010 as a direct response to the
concerns of Cartoon Network’s audience. Young people said that bullying was
among the biggest problems they faced, but one where they believed they could
make a difference. Cartoon Network mobilized and recruited experts in bullying
prevention from academia, government, and community-based organizations to
create the Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign.

Today’s Philadelphia rally is the latest in a continuing series that included
youth-focused events with the Maryland Governor, HHS Secretary and Mayor of

About Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network ( is the #1 U.S. television network among
boys 6-11. Currently seen in 99 million U.S. homes and 194 countries around
the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported
cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and
classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning
original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games,
Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with
solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and the Move It
Movement. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and
programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media
environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

About Stop Bullying: Speak Up

Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up is an award-winning, multi-platform
pro-social campaign, created with experts in the field to raise awareness,
build partnerships and empower young people to speak up against bullying
safely and effectively. Campaign resources include video, print and online
content—including an award-winning documentary introduced by President Barack
Obama—available at, available at no charge to schools,
community groups and parents to motivate bullying prevention activities or


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Senator Casey’s Office
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LG Electronics USA
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