When Matthew David Morris was just 7 years old, he knew he wanted to grow up to become a singer. Taking inspiration from modern hip hop and R&B, his songs have become an almost instant sensation on YouTube.
Going by the name MattyB, one of the now 13-year-old's breakout songs concerns an issue that many children experience: bullying. According to StopBullying.gov, between 1 in 3 and 1 in 4 students in the United States have been the target of bullying at school. Although awareness of the problem is on the rise, bullying still remains a very serious problem in schools today. What can add to the frustration is that many instances of bullying often go unnoticed for excessive amounts of time. Children often don't report incidents, and this can eventually lead to things getting out of hand. If you or anyone you know is a target of bullying, ReachOut USA recommends:
"To stop bullying — whether verbal, written or cyberbullying — it can be helpful to tell someone that you are being bullied. This can seem scary at first, but telling someone can lighten your load and help you to work out how to solve the problem. Talking to someone is particularly important if you feel unsafe or frightened, or if you don’t have many friends. Asking for help or talking to someone about your situation is not being weak or ‘giving in.’ In fact, telling someone can take a lot of strength and courage."
For MattyB, nothing hurts his heart more than seeing his sister being targeted by bullies. His sister Sarah, who was born with Down syndrome, is an easy target because she is a little different from many of her peers. In hopes of empowering her and others like her, the then 11-year-old created this music video with the help of his family. Luckily for Sarah, she has a brother that cares about her more than anything in the world.