For Immediate Release
Dana Plautz, Mrs. P Enterprises
MrsP.com Releases New Video on Bullying Written by 5-Year-Old
Funny, Compassionate Story Offers Surprising Take on Subject
MrsP.com, the award-winning children’s website, released a new video today that looks at the issue of bullying – a hot topic among politicians and educators - from a child’s point of view. Created from an original story, “The Peanut Butter and Jelly Hotdog,” by 5-year-old Ivy Exum of Bremerton, WA, the video offers a funny, quirky take on a serious subject.
The story was submitted to MrsP.com as an entry to its 2010 Be-A-Famous-Writer contest. Although it didn’t win the contest, the story caught the eye of the website’s producers, who felt it had an important message and should be produced as a video for its popular free website.
“Adults can talk around a problem for years and never reach a conclusion,” said actress Kathy Kinney (The Drew Carey Show), who stars as Mrs. P and co-created the website. “But this 5-year-old kid came up with a short, simple story that cuts to the core and says the best way to deal with a bully is with humor and love. How great is that?”
Kinney added that she hopes the video will be used as a resource for parents, teachers and kids to open up a dialogue about bullying. It has been estimated that as many as 70 percent of all kids have at some time been a victim of bullying. The nation’s leaders consider the issue important enough that, in March, the White House held a conference on bullying prevention.
“Mrs. P has millions of young fans, and if someone picks on any one of them, she takes it very personally,” Kinney said. “This video is Mrs. P’s way of saying, ‘Let’s stop fighting and taking things so seriously - and try to have a little more fun.’”