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A Message For Anti- Bullying Month – A Glimpse At Steven Spielberg


A Message For Anti- Bullying Month - A Glimpse At Steven SpielbergSo, do you have a child being bullied? Perhaps you are facing adult bullying?

Those facing abuse and aggression can prevail. Those facing bullying can use those unfortunate experiences to create new messages.

The inspiration for this blog is my recent viewing of Steven Spielberg on HBO. He told the stories of my childhood in E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and a co- creator with George Lucas for the Indiana Jones franchise. He created Jaws, a film that pulled summertime beachgoers out of the water… and Steven Spielberg was bullied as a child.

Imagine a creative mind that drifts off and gazes at the clouds. The different kid is the one who was picked on. He had a different approach and vision. This vision and creativity led to a curiosity and focus that motivated him to learn his craft. Despite being denied entrance to USC Film School, he has emerged as one of the greatest film directors of all time.

I reflect on this HBO film on Spielberg and reflect on how the different perspective and different kid is often shunned as a child. In this day and age, the abuse can follow children and adults to their personal space, through smartphones, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media outlets. The abuse doesn’t stop sometimes. But with guidance, there can be a tomorrow for children facing bullying. They can see college, travel, sports or other aspirations. Adults and persevere and reimagine new careers and new experiences. In Spielberg’s case, it is a lifetime of filmmaking.

I understand it is idealistic to sooth a bullied child with a trip to the movies. When adults face bullying, there seems to be no end in sight. However, an interesting redirection to abusive bullying is considering the fabulous future tomorrow. If Spielberg were like everyone else, perhaps he would not have been bullied. But if he was like everyone else, he would not have captured the imagination of several generations of moviegoers.

Read more posts by Leah Hollis, Ed.D. here. Leah is a contributing blogger for JenningsWire.

The post is presented by the National Publicist, Annie Jennings of the NYC based PR Firm, Annie Jennings PR.  Annie Jennings PR specializes in marketing books for getting authors booked on radio talk show interviews, TV shows in major online and in high circulation magazines and newspapers. Annie also works with speaker and experts to build up powerful platforms of credibility and influence.


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