Boo Boo Stewart talks to us about his favorite cause ChildHelp.org
I met Boo Boo Stewart the GBK Events Gifting Suite for the 2012 Golden Globes, as he was walking around helping support the various presenters and causes.
I wanted more time with Boo Boo to talk about the Twilight Sagas, his music and new projects, but got rushed a bit.
Boo Boo was very nice and we so appreciate all he and his sister Fivel is doing for Childhelps.org. Child Abuse is a very serious matter and five children die in the U.S. every day due to child abuse. Please find out how you can help too. – JW
Boo Boo Stewart
Standing out amongst his generation as the next breakout movie star, Booboo Stewart is sure to build a lasting career similar to the likes of Leonardo Dicaprio and Johnny Depp. Between his good looks, charms and many talents to boot, he is consistently listed as one of the “Faces to Watch” amongst the hottest in Hollywood.
BooBoo Stewart (born Nils Allen Stewart, Jr.; January 21, 1994) is a singer, dancer, model, actor, and a black belt Hall of Fame martial artist. He has appeared and starred in several independent and TV films including episodes of “Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge,” “ER,” “Dante’s Cove,” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” Building his resume as a versatile actor, he has done stunt work on several films including the 2006 film, Zoom, as well the 2007 film, Beowulf, and hosted six episodes of children’s show Blue Dolphin Kids in Hawaii.
During 2006-2008, he was member of Disney’s musical group, T-Squad. He toured in Camp Rock Freestyle Jam, and with “Hannah Montana”/Miley Cyrus in her Best of Both Worlds Tour featuring the Jonas Brothers. He recorded the opening theme from Disney Channel Games 2008 “Let’s Go!,” and in 2010 “Under the Sea (from The Little Mermaid)” for the Disney recompilation disc DisneyMania 7.
Currently, he is touring with his sister Fivel Stewart, and they are set to release their album “Change” in the spring of 2011. His imagination and creative talents also brought him to illustrate a new and exciting comic book entitled “Millennium Man,” which will be unveiled this year. In 2008, he was featured in various campaigns, and was “the most in demand male model under 18 in the country.
Booboo is best recognized for his portrayal of Seth Clearwater in the The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, third installment of The Twilight Saga film series. Booboo’s character becomes much more prominent in the 2011 and 2012 films The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
In his free time Booboo likes to give back. In 2010, he was named a Celebrity Ambassador by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He participated in MDA’s “Make a Muscle, Make a Difference” PSA campaign, featured in print and TV ads. He also supports the Los Angeles Mission, various children’s charities and has traveled to Perth, Australia for the Channel 7 Telethon, raising money for children at Princess Margaret Hospital.
The story of Childhelp is about two young Hollywood actresses’ “chance” encounters—one with 11 homeless orphans abroad, and one with Nancy Reagan—and how they led to a lifelong commitment to helping children in need.
The Childhelp Story
Yvonne (left) and Sara – 1959
The Beginning of a Lifetime Commitment to Children…
Eleven half-American, half-Japanese orphans wandering homeless in Tokyo following a typhoon sparked a mission that has spanned internationally for nearly 50 years and impacted the lives of millions of children.
Hollywood actresses Sara Buckner (O’Meara) and Yvonne Lime (Fedderson) first met on the set of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, when they played the girlfriends of Ricky and David Nelson. Their mission for children began in 1959 when they were sent on a government-sponsored goodwill tour to visit troops in Japan. Read More………
Child Abuse in America
Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving 6 million children; that’s because reports can include multiple children. The United States has the worst record in the industrialized nation – losing five children every day due to abuse-related deaths.
What is Child Abuse
Although there are many formal and acceptable definitions of child abuse, the following is offered as a guide for information on child abuse and neglect.
Child abuse consists of any act of commission or omission that endangers or impairs a child’s physical or emotional health and development. Child abuse includes any damage done to a child which cannot be reasonably explained and which is often represented by an injury or series of injuries appearing to be non-accidental in nature.
Forms of Child Abuse
Any non-accidental injury to a child. This includes hitting, kicking, slapping, shaking, burning, pinching, hair pulling, biting, choking, throwing, shoving, whipping, and paddling.
Any sexual act between an adult and child. This includes fondling, penetration, intercourse, exploitation, pornography, exhibitionism, child prostitution, group sex, oral sex, or forced observation of sexual acts.
Failure to provide for a child’s physical needs. This includes lack of supervision, inappropriate housing or shelter, inadequate provision of food and water, inappropriate clothing for season or weather, abandonment, denial of medical care and inadequate hygiene.
Any attitude or behavior which interferes with a child’s mental health or social development. This includes yelling, screaming, name-calling, shaming, negative comparisons to others, telling them they are “bad, no good, worthless” or “a mistake.” It also includes the failure to provide the affection and support necessary for the development of a child’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual well-being. This includes ignoring, lack of appropriate physical affection (hugs), not saying “I love you,” withdrawal of attention, lack of praise and lack of positive reinforcement.
Additional information regarding signs and symptoms of abuse (PDF).
What do I do if I think someone is abusing a child?
If a child discloses that he or she has been abused by someone, it is important that you LISTEN to them most of all.
- Ask ONLY four questions
- What happened?
- Who did this to you?
- Where were you when this happened?
- When did this happen?
Asking any additional questions may contaminate a case!
- Ask leading questions (a question that suggests the answer or contains the information the questioner is looking for – That man touched you, didn’t he?)
- Make promises
- Notify the parents or the caretaker
- Provide a safe environment (be comforting, welcoming, and a good listener)
- Tell the child it was not his/her fault
- Listen carefully
- Document the child’s exact quotes
- Be supportive, not judgmental
- Know your limits
- Tell the truth
If you suspect abuse, but a child has not disclosed to you, call 1-800-4-A-CHILD. Or counselors can talk through the situation with you and help decide what the best course of action is.