The arrival of October marks the beginning of National Bullying Prevention Month. Hard Rock Daddy will be featuring a number of anti-bullying messages, stories and more from various hard rock artists throughout the month.
Hard Rock Daddy has become more “hard rock” than “daddy” since launching in March of 2013, but this month, the two worlds will once again collide. As a parent of school-aged children, the issue of bullying is one that is always top of mind, especially with the increased number of school shootings and suicides in recent years.
Back in July, a review of Longreef’s song – “Battle Plan” – was featured on Hard Rock Daddy. The eye-opening video brought to light some very disturbing (and sobering) statistics. During a lengthy phone conversation with Longreef guitarist, Nick Miller, we came up with the idea to do more together to help promote anti-bullying messages by hard rock artists, a number of whom had also written anti-bullying songs. Longreef has partnered with an organization called Friend Movement to help spread their anti-bullying message and offer free downloads of this very powerful song, which was written by frontman, Josh Barker.
Since Longreef was the inspiration to create this month-long campaign, the decision was made to start the coverage by interviewing Barker later this week about “Battle Plan.” We will be discussing the inspiration behind the lyrics, his personal dealings with bullying during his school years and the band’s partnership with Friend Movement.
National Bullying Prevention Month on Hard Rock Daddy transcends musical taste or preferences. This campaign is all about spreading an anti-bullying message, and also to let kids who are currently being bullied know that help is available, that they are not alone and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
If you are anti-bullying, please share as many of these stories as you can with your friends on social media.
There was a time when people didn’t believe that they were powerful enough as individuals to make a difference, but the recent ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has proven that there is strength in numbers. Together, we can make a difference. WE ARE THE BATTLE PLAN!