by Erika Harold, Miss America 2003, herself a victim of severe harassment,
this solution oriented program presents a comprehensive and multifaceted
approach to preventing bullying, as well as providing help to victims,
parents and bystanders. Her personal story and advice is interwoven
with compelling personal stories of teens who have also been bullied.
A visit to Olney, MD follows high school peer educators as they work
with middle school students to produce PSAs that show what bystanders
can do when they see someone being bullied. Everyone involved gains
awareness about the various forms of bullying and harassment, and
in the process, changes their own attitudes and behavior.
Teens are also strongly encouraged to seek help from a trusted adult,
such as a parent or school counselor before the problem escalates.
We meet a girl who does speak up and gets an effective response from
her counselor and principal.
segment focuses on the widespread problem of cyberbullying, with an
AOL consumer advisor giving parents and teens practical advice about
how to deal with online harassment. A school administrator speaks
out about the necessity of a school-wide education/prevention policy
that does not tolerate a "kids will be kids" attitude. The
program's approach and information is based on the latest research
and recommendations of the Health Resources and Services Administration's
(HRSA) National Bullying Campaign entitled "Take a Stand. Lend
a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!"
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