Be Brave Twitter Chat

Ever since I shared My Story, I felt like I want to do something, something MORE.  I want to  use  Social Media for something different- not the normal way you think about SOCIAL MEDIA and BULLYING. I want to host a twitter chat about BULLYING- and what we can do about it.

bebravechatMy Mom is also a blogger and a lot of her friends have “Twitter Chats” where they all get together online and  talk about a particular thing with a thing for a while. (Like a hangout)  You use a hashtag, in this case, #BeBrave, to  unify everyone together, and make it easy to follow everyone in the thread.  I thought it would be a GREAT way to get a bunch of people together to talk about bullying.   Teens, and adults.  You see,  we know all the crap we see on social media, and yes, Twitter is a BIG part of it.   Adults want to know how to help.   We ALL need to work together to become aware of this epidemic that is bullying. And yeah, I want to share my #BeBrave hashtag.

  • #BeBrave enough to stand UP TO BULLIES.
  • #BeBrave enough to stand up FOR YOURSELF
  • #BeBrave enough to stand up FOR OTHERS.

Often in Twitter Chats there are prizes, usually hosted by sponsors. There is no sponsor, only me, BUT, there are prizes.  I am providing them myself with the money I earned from shooting a Sweet 16.  I’m giving away 3 $15 gift cards to either Itunes, or Amazon.com and the GRAND prize will be a $25 gift card and a $25 donation in your name to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.   So you can win, and you can give. SEE the linky below:

My Mom, Wendy of @weightsover, and my friends Pauline of @GirlBodyPride and  Brett Martin,  @brettbmartin, a friend who is donating her time to help us run this chat. (she knows ALL about twitter chats and offered to help!) You need to follow them to be part of the chat.

Pauline is giving away a few awesome prizes, too! including 2 copies of her Book, a bracelet from Girl, Body, Pride,and  a 30 minute session of awesomeness that is her consultations.

If you want to send out a shout out to Ellen DeGeneres so that she might pop in, that would be pretty awesome, too.  Please tweet:

“Hey! @TheEllenShow  come talk about #bullying with us at the #BeBrave Chat 10/29 8EST http://losergurl.com/?p=378 “

*** in case you didn’t know, Ellen DeGenres is my hero- She stands up to bullies and for the bullied- and I want to be just like her when I grow up- plus I really think she can help spread the message of  “IT WILL GET BETTER****

or you can tweet: Let’s talk about #bullying and how to #BeBrave with @loser_gurls Oct 29th  8est http://losergurl.com/?p=378

the URL is your full twitter: www.twitter.com/@loser_gurls  Name is  your twitter handle = @loser_gurls, and your email is just to contact you in case you win a prize.

This is why I am hosting the chat: SO everyone knows it GETS BETTER!

If you are interested in donating prizes for this giveaway, please fill out  THIS FORM and send it back to ally@losergul.com

 


16 Responses to Be Brave Twitter Chat

  1. I’ll be there for you, Ally. I’ve always admired you and your bravery. Thank you for being the teenager I want to be when I grow up. Thank you for being you.

  2. Kimberly says:

    I have yet to figure out how to really participate in Twitter parties. If I am home, I will have to come try.

  3. Alison says:

    I love how you are doing this for your daughter! I will try to make the Twitter Party but if I can’t I hope it’s a huge success!

  4. chase hill says:

    I have also been bullied. and a few of my friends have too. fortunately, I have grown a reputation as the “do not mess with” guy. I stand up for my friends, and if I get bullied in the process, oh well. I brought them down from what they thought as a high level, and brought them to their senses. even their cronies joined me. if you are in a school in mountain home Idaho, and getting bullied, call me up. my number is 208-XXX=XXXX. if you don’t have a phone, my email is usmcchild.1995@gmail.com. I hope I don’t have to be called, but if need be, I will come to any call.

    • Ally says:

      Chase,
      that is so nice, but I took out your phone number because it’s totally not safe to give it out over the internet. You are a cool dude.

  5. Nicole says:

    Just wanted to let you know that you are such an inspiration to so many people. Keep on doing what you’re doing!

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  7. Ashley from Atlanta says:

    Hey!! I just read your story in the USA Today paper… how very inspiring!! Keep up the great, positive work!

    Your message is heard in Atlanta :)

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  9. Hi Ally ~

    I just read your story on CNN, and although I’ve never met you or your Mom, I want to say kudos to both of you for using your experience to reach out to other young people who are experiencing similar bullying, and may not have the coping skills to get through it.

    As an overweight Mom (my daughter is now grown, with a successful career and happy relationship, but also struggles with weight) I know all too well how mean spirited and hurtful people can be – and this relatively new world of social media (well, new to those of us who are older anyway) unfortunately gives a platform to people who are so deeply insecure themselves they feel the need to demean others in order to feel better about themselves.

    If I could tell the targets of teenage bullying just one thing, it would be this: Ten years out of high school, you won’t remember most of these people’s names. You may keep one or two of your high school friends, but for the most part, your lifelong friends will be those you meet in college and your early working life; people with similar interests and outlooks, people with the similar values, people who appreciate you for the wonderful person you are.

    And if I could these young people one other thing, it would be to find a creative outlet – art, music, writing, etc. The creative process not only provides solace and refuge, but a means of expression and hope for the future. As Kurt Vonnegut said, “The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

    Finally, for what it’s worth, you seem a beautiful young lady inside and out, and I wish you all the best as you move forward with your goals. Whatever path you follow, I know you’ll make a success of it.

    Blessings,
    ? Carolee

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  11. Kim says:

    I’m here :)

  12. qhgirl says:

    I remember when I was 16, I made the mistake of hooking up with a guy at a party that had a girlfriend. Well, I didn’t KNOW he had one.. he didn’t tell me! The next weekend, I was on the streetcar on my way home from the beer fest (was living in Germany at the time) and a group of girls from my school that I didn’t know well started really harrassing me.. calling me a slut and worse. I was by myself and wanted to literally sink through the floor. Thankfully, this nice couple saw what was happening and told the girls to knock it off and they drove me home from the streetcar stop so that they were sure I was home safe.
    It can be so easy to “do the wrong thing” in the minefield that is Jr High/High School. If you don’t wear the right clothes.. have the right haircut… carry the right purse.. make friends with the wrong people you can be signing yourself a one way ticket to outcastville.

    The good thing is that it DOES get better. When you grow up and mature and expand your social interractions and work relationships beyond your immediate age group you will find that there are a lot of different ways you can fit in and belong. Kids in HS and Jr High are so egocentric about their own peer group.. as if what they and their friends think are the “only valid” opinions on everything. They think teachers and parents are stupid and out of touch. They are all so desperately trying to fit in with their peers that they will look to point out other’s misfit status as a way of proving that they DO fit in. It is in general a pretty miserable social dynamic for a whole lot of people.. at some point in those akward years just about everyone experiences some degree of insecurity about how they fit in.

    Parents just can’t understand how difficult it can be.. I literally begged my mother to let me go to public school in Jr high.. I did NOT fit in with the fancy pants girls who all had the “right” clothes.. while I had none of the coolness they did! When I moved after my freshman year overseas, I actually fit in better since I was among a group of other Army brats and we were a little more flexible since we all came from so many different places. I was lucky that the streetcar incident was isolated and didn’t carry over into anything worse at school. It really could have ended up much worse!

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