Taylor Swift Debuts Video on Bullying


Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month? Scholastic and superstar Taylor Swift have joined forces to present an exclusive video featuring a conversation about how reading and writing can help kids “shake off” mean comments and open their world. As parents, we're always looking for ways to give our kids the tools to handle bullying, whether it's experiencing it first hand or witnessing it. Am I right?


This 30-minute exclusive video will air on Scholastic.com today at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Head HERE for details on how to watch it.

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After the video, students can enter Scholastic’s This is How I Shake it Off” writing contest* for the chance to WIN tickets and a meet-and-greet for two at an upcoming Taylor Swift concert, as well as flights and accommodations. Additional runners up prizes include a signed guitar and signed copies of Taylor’s new “1989” CD. Students in grades 3-8 attending a U.S. school are eligible to enter the contest by submitting a one-page creative essay or poem about how they shake off mean comments and hard times. More details, Official Rules and the contest entry form can be found at: www.scholastic.com/taylorswift. *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter byDecember 11, 2014. Void where prohibited.

In the video, Taylor will also share the books that have most influenced her and a never before seen clip from behind the scenes at one of her recent music videos. We're firm believers that books are powerful tools and we can't wait to hear Taylor's thoughts on which ones inspire her! Scholastic also has a guide to bullying, including lists of anti-bullying books for every age and expert advice available HERE.

Scholastic’s Open a World of Possible reading initiative aims to encourage conversations in classrooms, at home and online (with #SharePossible) so teachers, parents and children can work together to share ideas ways to incorporate more reading into their busy lives.

This is definitely an initiative we can get behind!

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