Last month Cati Grant was honored with the title of Teen Ambassador for Love Our Children USA. Cati demonstrates dedication and devotion to help stop bullying and cyberbullying. Her website, http://www.caticares.com/, offers tips and resources to help you and your children stay safe in cyberspace as well as learn about the issue of bullying in schools.
Recently Cati and the founder of Love Our Children USA, Ross Ellis, were featured on Fox News New York for a segment on bullying (pictured above). Love Our Children USA has expanded their organization with STOMPOUTBULLYING and continue to educate people and help children all over the country.
I interviewed Cati last month. Since this interview, she has attended Kids Are Heroes Day in Maryland as well as New York City to continue to be a voice against bullying.
Here is her interview from last month:
Q. Tell us about Cati Cares? When did you create it and why?
A. I created Cati Cares in June of 2008 as a birthday gift from my parents. I created it because I wanted to help other people, prevent cyber-bullying, and promote Internet safety to anyone with access to the Internet. I really wanted to start a movement of caring among teens.
Q. What tips do you have for kids that are being cyber bullied online?
A. Try not to encourage the bully and just try to ignore it…. do not respond, keep records of all contact and talk with a trusted adult. I cannot stress enough for anyone who is being bullied to speak with a trusted adult. There is so much more awareness about this issue than when I went through it several years ago, there are a lot more resources available for everyone to use. Don’t suffer in silence!
Q. Who inspires you and what motivates you?
A. I find inspiration from simple everyday things and I am constantly motivated by people who encourage me to keep up the work of Cati Cares.
Q. What are your long term goals for Cati Cares?
A. To keep the website up for anyone who might need guidance or help to deal with a bully. I have the domain registered for the next 10 years. I am excited that Cati Cares has given me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful new people. I plan to always be a community advocate.
Q. How do your family, friends and teachers feel about your crusade?
A. They all feel that I am doing a great job and that I am making a difference in the world today.
Q. Do you have other hobbies or activities you enjoy?
A. Yes, I love horses, science and cheerleading. I love walking my dog, Bella. I also enjoy reading and writing.
Q. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A. I want to be a veterinarian specifically for race horses. I love all animals and have been riding horses since I was 5 years old.
Q. I understand you are part of Love our Children USA, it is such an honor. Please tell us about it?
A. It is a great honor to be named the Teen Ambassador by Ross Ellis, she is such a wonderful person. I am excited for the future and happy to have another venue to raise awareness. If we all join together, we can eradicate bullying forever.
Q. You were also invited to participate in Kids Are Heroes Day 2009, another honor. Please tell us more about this special day?
A. Another amazing honor, I am so excited to attend Kids Are Heroes Day in Frederick, Maryland October 24, 2009. I hope to motivate other teens and kids to volunteer in their communities. I am also looking forward to meeting other Heroes. Everyone is invited to come out and meet us. It should be a pretty amazing weekend!
Q. Is there anything more you would like to share with us?
A. I would like to encourage anyone who is being bullied to speak with a trusted adult, they will listen. Middle school and High school will be the toughest years of your life! Be yourself and don’t let anyone else try to make you feel bad for that! I would also like to encourage anyone who is a witness to someone being bullied, speak up! You just might save someone’s life and become a hero. I have some advice for bullies; ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing? Stop before you are branded a bully for life.
You can follow Cati Grant on Twitter and visit her website at www.CatiCares.com .
“Join the movement of TEENS caring. Take the PLEDGE not to cyberbully.” – Cati Grant