Bul­ly­ing sur­vivor to talk at Four Arts, schools

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By JAN SJOSTROM

Aija May­rock was 8 when the bul­ly­ing be­gan. She was picked on at school be­cause of her lisp, her weight, her per­son­al­ity — just about ev­ery­thing about her.

It took her a long time to re­al­ize she’d done noth­ing to de­serve it.

“It wasn’t per­sonal,” she wrote in Teen Vogue. “I was the girl they de­cided to be mean to.”

At 16, af­ter the bul­ly­ing stopped, she be­gan writ­ing The Sur­vival Guide to Bul­ly­ing as a man­ual for other teens. The book, which was snapped up by Scholas­tic one month af­ter she self-pub­lished it, has been pub­lished in the United States and 14 other coun­tries.

Now 21 and a stu­dent at New York Univer­sity, May­rock is an in­ter­na­tional spokes­woman for com­bat­ing bul­ly­ing. Me­dia out­lets that have fea­tured her in­clude Good Morn­ing Amer­ica, The View, AOL’s Build, Fox News and Seven­teen Mag­a­zine.

Last year, she spoke at the United Na­tions. She is col­lab­o­rat­ing with UNICEF on a global ini­tia­tive deal­ing with bul­ly­ing and tech­nol­ogy.

Her free talk about cy­ber­se­cu­rity and on­line rep­u­ta­tion man­age­ment at 2:30 p.m. Thurs­day at The So­ci­ety of the Four Arts’ Dixon Ed­u­ca­tion Build­ing is aimed at

May­rock Says bul­ly­ing is an in­ter­na­tional

epi­demic.

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