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Stop Bullying...Take A Stand!
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Interview with Erika Harold, Miss America 2003
Sherwood High School | What To Do If You're Being Bullied
What Bystanders Can Do | CyberBullying
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Stop Bullying...Take A Stand!

Research from the National Bullying Campaign shows that up to 25% of U.S. students are bullied each year. As many as 160,000 may stay home from school on any given day because they are afraid of being bullied. Now, the growing trend of cyberbullying goes into the home via computers. At least 1 out of 3 teens say they have been seriously threatened online and 60% of teens say they have participated in online bullying. In response to many requests from teen victims and parents, In the Mix, the Emmy award winning teen series is premiering the half-hour special "Stop Bullying…Take a Stand!"

Teens shooting a PSAHosted 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.

Stop Bullying NowAnother 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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