How JoJo Siwa Stands Up to Bullies

JoJo Siwa, the almost 16-year-old, Nebraska-native JoJo Siwa first became famous by appearing as a reality TVstar on Lifetime’s Dance Moms and Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.

She is now more popularly known for her adorable music videos, JoJo merch, sparkles and hair bows, and huge social media following (8.7 million on YouTube and counting!). But everything isn’t always sunshine and rainbows for the famous 15-year-old.

One of JoJo’s earliest hits was the 2016 single “Boomerang,” in which she sings about cyberbullying and the courage to move beyond the negativity. Siwa chatted with TODAY Style for the “Why I Love My” series to share how she deals with internet haters and how she’s learned to love her hairline… even if she jokes it’s more of a “fivehead” than a forehead.

Focus on those 10 nice comments, and don’t let that one hate comment get to your day.”-Jojo


Siwa is also known for promoting positivity and anti-bullying messages in her various media appearances, which is something that JCPenney wanted to include in their merchandise line.

Fans of the teen star can expect to see a brightly colored clothing and merchandise line from JCPenney, with shirts, dresses, leggings, and jackets all featuring Siwa. The clothing also incorporates Siwa’s favorite things: bows, emojis, the color pink, and inspirational messages. Other than clothing, JCPenney has also released a merchandise line that includes comforters, bow-shaped pillows, as well as a JoJo doll that can sing.

Her famous bows represent more than a hair accessory, Jojo stated on Jimmy Fallon that, “If you’re wearing a Jojo bow you’re a Siwanator, and if you’re a Siwanator, you are someone who is strong, confident, powerful. You believe in yourself, you believe in everyone….” You are essentially an ally. If you see someone else in school wearing a Jojo bow, you know that you can find friendship with them.

Her advice to other kids getting bullied, “The message that I would give to anyone who was being bullied would be: just be yourself and don’t worry about the haters because it doesn’t matter. Honestly, come back like a boomerang!”

Be Internet Awesome

 

February 5th, 2019 is Safer Internet Day (SID). A promotional Holiday for kids all over the globe. Safer Internet Day aims to not only create a safer internet but also a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

 

“The campaign aims to reach out to children and young people, parents and carers, teachers, educators, and social workers, as well as industry, decision makers and politicians, to encourage everyone to play their part in creating a better internet. By celebrating the positive power of the internet, the Safer Internet Day slogan of Together for a better internet encourages everyone to join the movement, to participate, and to make the most of the internet’s potential to bring people together. With a global, community-led approach, Safer Internet Day encourages everyone to come together and play their part.”

 

Safer Internet Day U.S. is made possible by the generous support of Comcast, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Snapchat, Symantec/LifeLock, Oculus, Trend Micro, and Twitter.

 

To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.

 

The core of the education practices is to teach children, ultimately, how to be “Internet Awesome”. The fundaments are in The Internet Code of Awesome, which states:

BE INTERNET SMART
Share with Care

Good (and bad) news travels fast online, and without some forethought, kids can find themselves in tricky situations that have lasting consequences. The solve? Learning how to share with those they know and those they don’t.

 

BE INTERNET ALERT
Don’t Fall for Fake

It’s important to help kids become aware that people and situations online aren’t always as they seem. Discerning between what’s real and what’s fake is a very real lesson in online safety.

 

BE INTERNET STRONG
Secure Your Secrets

Personal privacy and security are just as important online as they are offline. Safeguarding valuable information helps kids avoid damaging their devices, reputations, and relationships.

 

BE INTERNET KIND
It’s Cool to Be Kind

The Internet is a powerful amplifier that can be used to spread positivity or negativity. Kids can take the high road by applying the concept of “treat others as you would like to be treated” to their actions online, creating a positive impact for others and disempowering bullying behavior