LARGO – Gulf Coast Giving has received a first-ever proclamation from the Pinellas County School Board and Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners recognizing Sept. 23 to 27 as Cyberbullying Awareness Week.
As part of the week, Gulf Coast Giving will be hosting a STOP, BLOCK, TELL concert celebration featuring local professional artists on Friday, Sept. 27, 6 to 9 p.m., at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, 591 Tom Stuart Causeway, Redington Shores.
The event, free for Pinellas schools and the community-at-large, will include food, games, contests, vendors, local celebrities, favorite team mascots and more.
Gulf Coast Giving hopes to inspire cyberbullying awareness and suicide prevention and intervention efforts across schools and homes of Pinellas County. As technology use increases, the risks and dangers of cyberbullying also increase. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the Center for Disease Control. Bully victims are between two to nine times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims.
These efforts are designed to help the community make the strides it needs to move forward with technology in a positive way.
Gulf Coast Giving is a 501(c)(3) charity, located at 12597 Walsingham Road, Suite 2 in Largo, whose main mission is to provide schools and nonprofit organizations with needed technology equipment and training while increasing cyberbullying awareness to build integrity when using interactive technologies.