Teen Cyber Bullying Activist is "Pretty Amazing"
Cyberbullying is a topic that can be brought up time and time again because it is so relevant, and its ways are always evolving. Over at WiredSafety, the largest internet education resource, the conversation is about how to navigate your online world safely.
As part of WiredSafety's Teen Angels program, Nina, a 19-year-old from New Jersey, and other teen volunteers educate their peers on how to avoid cyberbullying and how to take control of their digital life. For her far-reaching work, Nina is now among five nominees up to be on the cover of Seventeen Magazine!
A longtime advocate against bullying, Nina has given presentations at more than 20 schools, approached Congress with proposed legislation, and even appeared on "Dr. Phil," "Today" and "Good Morning America" to bring awareness to the issue and offer prevention techniques.
After the suicide of a friend due to cyberbullying, Nina became even more adamant about her cause. Her latest effort, the “Don't Stand By, Stand Up” campaign, stresses the importance of not standing idly by when you witness others being bullied. There are already 10 universities with local chapters!
It's teens like Nina who are making the world a better place, and Seventeen Magazine wants to recognize this by putting one supergirl on their cover. The nominees for the mag's Pretty Amazing Real-Girl Cover Contest are all just that--pretty amazing--but which one has a platform that you believe in most?
Nina and four other nominees need your votes to place them on the cover. Who do you want to win? Ann is a 16-year-old photography phenom who brings visual poetry to the page. Lauren, 17, is a documentary filmmaker raising awareness for social issues. Shannon is a 21-year-old race car driver who aims to be the first female to win the Indy 500. Zoe, 19, raised herself out of homelessness and started a successful clothing line, through which she pays it forward by donating some of her creations to homeless shelters and charity fashion shows.
It's a tough choice when there are so many fabulous females out there. Read more about the girls' stories and vote for your favorite at Seventeen.
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