It's tough for any parent, hearing from their child that they are bullied at school. Sometime social media makes it worse. But one teen has turned to the internet for a solution.
Facebook is social tool used by millions each day. It is where many of us go to express ourselves. But it's also where many teens are heading to bully. Still, for 15-year-old Kaleb Kenningsen, it's turning into a tool for change.
“And so I just decided to start a group and being a revolution,” said Kenningsen.
That's what Kenningsen was trying to do when he created a Facebook page called “Teens Against Bullying.”
“One of my friends was being made fun of one day, and I had just had enough of it. I was bullied in 7th and 8th grade,” said Kenningsen.
His experience and observations at school prompted the page just a week ago. After a week he had almost 3000 people request to be in the group.
“There are over 4400 suicides per year caused by bullying. And our goal is to lower that number however much we can,” said Kenningsen.
The stories and posts are inspiring others too.
“There was a kid getting yelled at because he was walking on the wrong side of the hall and one of the people in the group stepped in front of the freshman and stood up the freshman that was walking on the wrong,” said Kenningsen.
A simple way to make a difference reaching teens in a place that is often used as a bullying tool.
“If they see something step in and do something about it, don't just stand by and watch,” said his father Kevin Kenningsen.
“I want people to be excited about going to school and not have to worry about being bullied. It shouldn't be happening,” said Kenningsen.
As he said there are almost 3000 people on this page. They aren’t from just Council Bluffs. Omaha Public Schools, Millard, St. Alberts and many others around the Heartland are also on the page.
Kaleb says the power of his page hit home when a former classmate, who bullied him, came forward and apologized and asked everyone else to do the same.
Both Nebraska and Iowa have kept up with the times and extended anti-bullying laws to cyber-bullying.
The federal "Stop Bullying" campaign puts an emphasis on becoming more than a bystander; which, as we just saw, Kaleb has done.