Wednesday, October 05, 2011

“Bullying: It Stops Here”

Anderson Cooper 360° Town Hall “Bullying: It Stops Here” October 9
AC360 week-long series begins October10

CNN, Facebook, Cartoon Network and Time Inc. have teamed up for a special multi-platform effort aimed at taking a stand to help stop the bullying crisis. Anderson Cooper 360° will air a week-long series focused on bullying in addition to a town hall hosted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, marking the one year anniversary of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi.’s death.
Anderson Cooper will reveal the results of a six-month long pilot study that provide new insight about why kids bully each other and how parents and educators can more effectively stop the problem. In partnership with University of California sociologist Dr. Robert Faris, this groundbreaking investigation involving over 700 junior and high school students will explore the complex social dynamic of bullying, and how certain students hold the key to stopping the problem.
“Too many kids have died already; too many kids are living in fear. At AC360 we decided to look into the problem by sponsoring an extensive study of bullying in one school to better understand the dynamics “said Cooper “what we learned by focusing on one school was eye opening. The problem of bullying is far more complex than it is often portrayed, and while there are no easy solutions, we’ve learned some things that lead me to believe that with enough attention, we can make life better for kids”
Bullying: It Stops here, An Anderson Cooper Special Report will feature guests including actor and bullying prevention activist Jane Lynch , psychologist and talk-show host Dr. Phil McGraw; who has testified before Congress about bullying prevention, talk show host and mother of three Kelly Ripa, and Rosalind Wiseman; best-selling author “Queen Bees and Wannabees”. Along with a special audience of students, parents, educators and policy makers, Cooper and guests will question whether new legislation, laws and significant media attention has helped the bullying prevention efforts.
The town hall, titled Bullying: It Stops Here will premiere Sunday, October 9 at 8pm ET and will re-air on October 14 at 8 and 10 pm ET.
Beginning October 10, Anderson Cooper 360° will air a week-long series which will move the conversation forward with solution oriented, original research that will help families and educators to better understand this serious problem impacting children. Cooper sheds new light into the world of bullies, uncovering counter intuitive information about what motivates kids’ aggression that might surprise viewers. Cooper will uncover some universal truths about bullying in schools across the country by speaking with UC sociologist Faris and bullying expert Rachel Simmons, best-selling author of “Odd girl Out”. Anderson Cooper 360° airs weeknights at 8 and 10pm ET on CNN.
Earlier this month, Facebook and Time Warner Inc. announced the launch of the Stop Bullying: Speak Up Social Pledge App, an interactive social media pledge that enables educators, parents and students to make a personal commitment—and recruit others to join them—to help stop bullying.

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J from CA said...

I hope you will be addressing teacher bullyng. Fortunately, it isn't as common as student bullying but it can be so devastating - especially with the power differential. My 11 year old son experienced this this past year along with his classmates. Without any prior symptoms, students became suicidal, truant, depressed, entered therapy, one was hospitalized for one month - all in one class. AND it has been going on for almost a decade. Teachers and unions need to stop protecting those teachers who are putting child's lives at risk. Media should raise awareness on this harmful secret.

Anonymous said...

@J from Cal: You are right about ONE THING AND ONE THING ONLY.
"Teacher bullying is rare."
As a retired educator I do NOT believe that this person subjected ALL their students, for one whole decade, to bullying.
It would NEVER be tolerated.
On the contrary, there is more parental torture and abuse, as in "A Child Called It," something YOU SHOULD READ TO EDUCATE YOURSELF.
It is far easier to blame "the teacher, than to recognize that perhaps YOU have a problem with YOUR CHILD.
Has he or she had any other "teachers" bully them or told them how to behave????
Child behavior starts in the home, whether it is the bully or the victim and I suggest YOU DO SOME READING ON THE SUBJECT instead of blaming the media, the unions, and the internet.
Oh, I didn't mention behavior on the internet.
Too informative?

J from CA said...

Reply to AC360: as anonymous clearly exemplifies, this issue critically needs media attention. Many people don't even believe the child or believe a teacher can do this or a system would allow this. Most of the parents in this class, including myself, did not believe their own child, at first.

Reply to Anonymous: I taught in public schools for ten years, hold a master's degree from Harvard in adolescent risk psychology, and work extensively in child advocacy for abused and neglected kids. I appreciate your advice but I feel confident with my current knowledge base.

Luke said...

Having openly gay public figures would give rolemodels for closeted gay teens and lessen the perception that being gay is something to be shameful about. The bullies are playing on social taboos about being gay. As long as there is a taboo about being gay or having nonconforming gender traits bullies will take advantage of this socially sanctioned shaming. Where are the public rolemodels? Are they afraid it would hurt their careers?

kevinstanfield said...

This is awful, but nothing new. I wish for these kids to grow up and be happy and strong and powerful adults... And if they make to adulthood- WATCH-OUT! Some day the bully WILL PAY THE PIPER!!! As a grown up, I've learned that so many bullies, bully the people that are more like them than they are comfortable admitting. Keep your eyes on the prize kids!!! It does get Better!! It may not be easy, but it does.