Dream Guards founder Donna-Leigh Perfect was just seven years old when she saw her father murder her mother.
She spent the next six years in 13 different foster homes and just as many schools in New Zealand.
"During these years I was bullied and abused in school and in the foster homes," Ms Perfect told the Mercury.
"My life changed forever on the day my father was sent to prison."
Ms Perfect and Michael Bennett dropped by Lakelands Public School on Friday to launch Dream Guards' free P.E.A.C.E app.
The app connects children and families to emergency numbers Lifeline, Kids Helpline, Headspace and other tools.
They also used the opportunity to perform their signature show to the students and school community on National Day of Anti Bullying.
"I want to show children today that by sharing my story they can see that no matter what challenges you face in your life you can overcome them and live a life of passion and purpose because I'm an example of that," Ms Perfect said.
"So I'm up there in my rainbow socks dancing and empowering these kids with amazing messages and tools that will enable them to overcome adversity in their life."
The Dream Guards' duo are experienced inspirational entertainers and resilience experts who get a kick out of empowering young people to believe in themselves and stand up to bullying in a positive way.
"Our peace tools are life changing and now encompasses a program attached to our live stage show," she said.
"It is about building resilience and self-belief, in the hope of reducing anxiety, stress, depression, domestic violence and youth suicide in our community.
"The app and tools reinforces the messages we share on stage and in the classroom activities the teachers facilitate.
"They include mindfullness, emotion, compassion, friendships, giving back to community, health and nutrition and the importance of exercise."
Dream Guards take a holistic approach to dealing with bullying.
"If kids are happy and healthy then they are less likely to pick on others and it is also about showing compassion for the bully because the bully is coming from a place of hurting as well," Ms Perfect said.
"We need to understand that we need to support the bully as much as the victim of bullying. In doing that we are going to see a positive change in the world."
Lakelands Public School teacher Keely Aschenwald said Dream Guards delivered the same important messages to the whole school community.
"I think it is just really important in opening those conversations and empowering the kids, because it is about bullying but it is also about how we can handle it," she said.