Bullying continues to be a serious problem. There have been a lot of school officials, consultants, and other adults weighing in, but few people are asking students for their solutionary ideas.

Nick Kristof of The New York Times invites teenagers to submit a 500 word essay sharing their ideas and insights. As Kristof says,

“… kids should only submit their essays if they are really prepared for the essays to be published with their names attached. It can be cathartic to share these experiences, but also embarrassing, so think this through carefully. And remember, too, that this is for a newspaper and must be the truth – no exaggerations whatsoever!”

Kristof is co-sponsoring the contest with The New York Times Learning Network and Teen Ink magazine.

The contest is open to students, ages 14-19. The deadline is April 30, 2012.

Find out the details here.

~ Marsha

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