Maya Sienna may only be a teenager, but she is already a singer, songwriter, dancer and actress! Signed to Shawn Campbell and World Class Choreographer, Darrien Henning, her new song “Dollar” premiered on June 20th! However, there is another side to Maya which is rare compared to other rising stars her age, she gives back to others. Maya was bullied as a child and she has given thebabyspot.ca some advice for our parent readers on how she overcame bullying and stayed motivated. Parents can use Maya’s good example on how to keep their bullied children on track and to know that their is a big world outside of the small school walls.

  •  Maya, how important is talking about bullying to prevent it?
  • I believe that it is very important!  Everybody should be aware of the causes and effects of bullying no matter how young or old.

 

  • Who should talk about it and to whom?
  • I think everyone should talk about bullying especially the younger generation. It is a serious problem and we need everyone to come together to eliminate it. 

 

  • What are some things that can be done to build a safe school environment?
  • If every school had an Anti-Bullying Program and hall monitors to make sure that nobody is getting bullied by others, school would be a much safer environment. It would hopefully lead to a completely Bully-Free school zone. 

 

  • How can communities get involved and create a bullying prevention strategy?
  • There are multiple ways Communities can get involved.  For Example, they can organize community conferences with speakers and programs to educate and deal with bullying. A fun and creative way is to put on plays to bring awareness to bullying and demonstrate ways to stop it. 

 

  • What was most helpful to you to overcome bullying?
  • Surrounding myself with my friends and family and focusing on the positive. I turned to following my dreams as a positive outlet.

 

  • Any tips or signs you can give parents who may have a child being bullied?
  • Here are some signs that your child is being bullied:
  • – Unexplainable injuries
  • – Lost or destroyed items like school supplies, lunch, money, jewelry, ect.
  • – Feeling sick / Faking illnesses
  • – Changes in eating habits
  • – Has trouble sleeping
  • – Declining grades / Does not want to go to school or ride the school bus
  • – Loss of friends or interest in social settings
  • – Unusually low self esteem / Doesn’t feel good enough
  • – Running away from home, Harming themselves, Talks about committing suicide
  • – Begins bullying others such as: Siblings or Younger Kids
  • – Depression and/or Change in personality with no known cause

 

  • How did you keep focused on your blossoming career when you were being bullied?
  • My experience motivated me to follow my dreams and never give up. I wanted to be able to be an inspiration to others kids who have been through the same thing. I told my mom and the school helped end the bullying for me.  I turned a negative into a positive by following my passion of singing.   I really wanted to help others who are being bullied and turn it into a positive by following their dreams. so now I am now a spokesperson for the “Bullying…We’re Kickin’ It” National Campaign and I will be traveling the country speaking to schools and educating them about Bullying and ways to defeat it.

 

  • What do you have in store for 2014 with your music?
  • I am working on a lot of original songs. The studio has been like my second home lately! I have also been doing a lot of choreography for those songs.  I am so excited and can’t wait to be able to perform them for everyone!!

Check out Maya’s website at:http://www.mayasiennamusic.com/#