Logan Fairbanks is an 11 year old kid from Hartford, Michigan. His father, Josh Fairbanks, and Logan have been creating humorous YouTube videos on their channel for months where they prank each other on a regular basis. It wasn’t until Logan began to notice that people from around the world were posting hurtful comments about him, that he decided he wouldn’t take this bullying any further.
Logan confronted his bullies and the comments made towards him in a recent video. He aims to persuade people to not bully others online, and encourages those who have been bullied to not let hurtful comments affect them. Logan’s video has gone viral, where it has almost 1 million views!
“I hope that people don’t bully other people online, and I hope that this helps.”
“People that have been bullied, don’t let these words affect you.”
– Logan Fairbanks
Logan is starting a movement called #SticksAndStones, where he aims to put an end not only to cyber bullying, but to all forms of bullying. Inspired by Logan’s video, #SticksAndStones is an internet challenge where Logan and his father are challenging people who have been bullied, to make a video similar to Logan’s. They are encouraging people to take the words of the attackers, and read them out loud. By doing this, the person will take ownership of these words, and take them away from the bully.
Logan and Josh hope to make the world a better place by facing cyber bullying and hate speech head on. In order to keep #SticksAndStones trending, three people must be challenged to do the same, where they stand up against their attackers, take away their weapons, and show how they will put an end to bullying.
“Don’t let hurtful words affect you, because there are always going to be mean people in the world and you can take the power back from them.”
– Josh Fairbanks
Because of Logan’s bravery, an invitation has been extended from White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett. She tweeted the father-son duo saying “If you’re ever in DC, pls stop by the @WhiteHouse and say hi. Logan may be a future occupant one day.”