Bullying survivor to talk at Four Arts, schools
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