Bullying is a big issue that many people deal with today, whether it’s in person or online. Disney Channel has teamed up with two of its shows, “Girl Meets World” and “Austin & Ally,” to air special epiosdes as part of “Choose Kindness” for National Bullying Prevention Month.
As part of “Choose Kindness,” a multi-platform initiative designed to motivate, inspire and resonate with kids ages 6-14, Disney Channel will air special episodes of “Austin & Ally” and “Girl Meets World,” each designed to reach kids with empowering, relevant stories and to augment the Channel’s themes of communication, diversity and optimism.
In the special episode of “Austin & Ally” (Sunday, September 28, 8:00 p.m., ET/PT), Trish, played by actress Raini Rodriguez, lands the lead role in the school play, but when she reads mean-spirited online comments, she wants to quit the production. Austin and Ally write a special song for Trish to help her understand that she’s not alone. Meanwhile, Dez devises a plan to embarrass the person responsible, but Trish discovers a better way to overcome the bullying.
In “Girl Meets World” (Friday, October 17, 8:00 p.m., ET/PT), a classmate teases Farkle for being different and not fitting in with the crowd. Hurt and confused, he stops going to class until Riley, Maya and Lucas rally him to show their classmates how to respect each other’s uniqueness and show compassion to those who need it, no matter who they are.
We have a sneak peek of both shows below. If you watch the clip from “Girl Meets World,” you’ll see a familiar face. Danny McNulty reprises his “Boy Meets World” role of Harley…Harvey Keiner.