About one-third of kids with food allergies report that they have been bullied because of their allergies. The "It's Not a Joke" campaign can help you learn more about food allergies and how to prevent food allergy bullying, a growing problem in schools across the country.
Food Allergy Bullying: It's Not a Joke PSA
Unfortunately, many people do not understand the potentially life-threatening nature of this disease. What they believe is a prank can actually be very harmful and very dangerous.
Teen actor and former “Shake It Up” star Kenton Duty provided the voiceover for our PSA, which debuted in 2013. Kenton has publicly shared his own story of living with food allergies and being bullied because of it.
We hope this PSA will help raise awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis. We also hope it helps adults and teens across the country understand they can play an important role in preventing food allergy bullying.
Be a part of the solution: Stop food allergy bullying.
About one-third of kids with food allergies report that they have been bullied because of their allergies. This is especially serious because food allergies can be life-threatening.
For Kids or Teens with Food Allergies
School, homework, sports, extracurricular activities and more—you already have a lot on your plate. Managing your food allergy on top of all these things can feel like just one more thing to take care of. And it can make you feel different from your friends.
If you're a kid or teen experiencing food allergy bullying, we encourage you to talk to your parents or a teacher about what's happening.