Paralympian Ntando Mahlangu Ambassador For Cartoon Network Africa’s Buddy Network Anti-Bullying Campaign 2017

Paralympian Ntando Mahlangu Ambassador For Cartoon Network Africa's Buddy Network Anti-Bullying Campaign 2017

Paralympian Ntando Mahlangu Ambassador For Cartoon Network Africa’s Buddy Network Anti-Bullying Campaign 2017

Fifteen-year-old, double-amputee Paralympic sprinter Ntando Mahlangu has teamed up with Cartoon Network to launch the 2017 African edition of their anti-bullying campaign – Cartoon Network Buddy Network.

Cartoon Network Buddy Network first started in the United States under the name “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” and the initiative has since spread to Latin America (Basta de Bullying), Europe and Africa, the purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about bullying among young people in Africa. Ntando Mahlangu will be taking part in the campaign as an ambassador and will appear in an on-air campaign on Cartoon Network Africa, the campaign will also feature a series of animated shorts voiced by children which include positive messages about friendship, school and setting aside their differences, whether its at school, outside school or online. Ntando Mahlangu himself has experienced bullying in the past and went on to win a silver at the 200m sprint event during the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games.

While announcing his new role as Cartoon Network Buddy Network ambassador, Ntando Mahlangu said:

“What an honour to follow in the footsteps of Wayde van Niekerk, CN Buddy Network’s brand ambassador for 2016. Wayde is an amazing athlete and I aspire to be like him one day. To learn that he was once bullied was an opportunity for me to be brave and speak out about my experience in order to raise awareness around discrimination regarding disabilities. I am proud of who I am and what I have accomplished and I hope my bully can see me now. I was so excited when Cartoon Network approached me, I appreciate having the opportunity to inspire other kids like me; to be proud of who they are. I know what it feels like to be bullied – it’s not cool. If you are being bullied, speak up, so that together, we can beat the bully”

For the Buddy Network campaign, Cartoon Network has collaborated with Childline and SaveTNet Cyber Safety, two organisations that work to assist children who have experience abuse and is force for children’s rights in Africa.

While talking about the anti-bullying initiative, Childline South Africa’s national executive officer, Dumisile Nala said:

“Bullying in schools is a worldwide problem that impacts adversely on school climates, and this can have a devastating impact on young people. It can affect their confidence, their school work, leave them feeling isolated, and friendless – and even make them feel that life is not worth living. That’s why Childline is delighted to partner with Cartoon Network again to reach out so that the kids do not have to suffer in silence.”

SaveTNet Cyber safety chief executive officer, Rianette Leibowitz also said:

“Sadly, many young people commit suicide because of cyberbullying, and SaveTNet aims to save lives by creating awareness for responsible digital engagement. Cyberbullying has a lasting effect, and we encourage viewers to consider the consequences of what they share via digital platforms. Partners, such as Cartoon Network, enable us to share the cyber safety message with a wider audience to ensure people know that there is help and support available and that they are not alone”

Cartoon Network Africa’s Be a Buddy website (http://beabuddy.cartoonnetworkhq.com) forms as part of the campaign and is for anyone who has been affected by bullying, either directly or indirectly, the website offers advice and contact details for both Childline South Africa and SaveTNet for immediate help, support and relief.

Pierre Branco, VP and Managing Director of Turner France, Portugal and Africa also made this statement about Cartoon Network’s continuing commitment to their anti-bullying campaign:

“Bullying is a real and, sadly, growing issue for our viewers and it concerns us knowing that most of our children across Africa are affected daily by bullying in person and online. It is hugely important for us to address this issue in a way that is positive, supportive, and relevant. This year’s series of bespoke ‘Be a Buddy, Not a Bully’ animations makes use of real thoughts and commentary from kids, which we hope will be really powerful and engaging for our viewers, encouraging them to stand up and speak out against bullying.”

http://beabuddy.cartoonnetworkhq.com

https://www.mediaupdate.co.za/publicity/138854/ntando-mahlangu-joins-cartoon-networks-be-a-buddy-not-a-bully-campaign

Cartoon Network Mid April 2017 News In Brief

Cartoon Network Mid April 2017 News In Brief

Cartoon Network Mid April 2017 News In Brief

Cartoon Network Poland Relaunches Anti-Bullying Campaign For 2017

Cartoon Network Poland has relaunched its anti-bullying campaign – Klub Kumpli for 2017, the campaign is based on Cartoon Network USA’s Stop Bullying Speak Up and Cartoon Network UK’s Buddy Network’s campaigns. The Klub Kumpli campaign was initially launched in Poland in 2015. The initiative encourages kids and young people to be more friendly and aims to raise awareness and empowers them to take action against bullying. Polish national football team player – Jakub Błaszczykowski will be the campaign’s ambassador for this year.

http://news.dotpr.pl/pr/351184/jakub-blaszczykowski-i-cartoon-network-zachecaja-badz-kumplem-nie-dokuczaj

http://badzkumplem.cartoonnetwork.pl/

Cartoon Network Africa’s April Fool’s Prank: The Biggest Event In The Universe

Cartoon Network Africa’s viewers were pranked on April Fool’s Day (01/04/2017) with a series of overly dramatic bumpers and promos for a fake television event entitled “The Biggest Event In The Universe”, viewers were expected to see something awesome and incredible at 11.45am, but instead, a clip of Gumball slamming a window on Darwin repeatedly for thirty seconds was aired. Cartoon Network Africa also pranked its viewers with a series of funny next bumpers.

Cartoon Network UK’s New Easter Idents

Cartoon Network UK is now airing a new series of nice looking idents for Easter 2017, the idents feature characters from Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball, Ben 10, Uncle Grandpa, Teen Titans Go! and The Powerpuff Girls in a multicoloured moving grid among some patterned Easter eggs. People have commented that the presentation in the idents looks similar to Cartoon Network USA’s current Dimensional branding and is an indicator of a possible rebrand but Cartoon Network UK’s current Check It 4.0. look isn’t even a year old yet.

However, Cartoon Network Italy, Cartoon Network Portugal, Cartoon Network France and Cartoon Network Turkey has already started to air a few elements from the Dimensional graphics package. Versions of Cartoon Network outside the United States tend to have their own identity and creative ideas, often building upon Cartoon Network USA’s presentation.

http://www.cartoonnetwork.co.uk/

Cartoon Network UK New Buddy Network Videos

Cartoon Network UK New Buddy Network Videos

Cartoon Network UK New Buddy Network Videos

Cartoon Network UK has updated their Buddy Network website and has uploaded more anti-bullying advice videos onto their YouTube channel. Since 2014, Cartoon Network UK has been promoting their anti-bullying initiative during National Anti-Bullying Week every November. The website advises children to tell someone what’s happening, be friendly and speak out if they’re being physically or verbally hurt or they know someone who’s been bullied. The website also features advice from the initiative’s ambassadors: Alistair Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee, Tom Daley, Tinie Tempah and Childline ambassador Anna Williamson.

Each of the three new animated anti-bullying videos have a different theme; all featuring 3D CGI characters voiced by children, the video entitled “Let’s Make Friends” emphasizes the importance of friendship, including respect and trust for each other and having fun. “New Kid On The Block” is about being friendly and welcoming to new people at school and “We Are All Different” talks about the personal differences between themselves and their friends while they still get along despite their different likes and dislikes.

Let’s Make Friends

New Kid On The Block

We Are All Different

http://beabuddy.cartoonnetwork.co.uk/