"BULLYING: WORDS CAN KILL"
This week, we had the opportunity to attend a roundtable discussion with an amazing group of people, to discuss a very important topic that's always weighing in the hearts and minds of parents and kids: bullying. Parents and schools may not want to talk about it, but it has to be talked about. More than 160,000 children will stay home every day because they are afraid of being bullied.
"48 Hours" executive producer Susan Zirinsky, spoke to parenting, tween and education bloggers about the importance of the special and why she feels that it's an issue that must be tackled at the start of the school year. Take a look...
Correspondent Tracy Smith interviewed parents, kids and administrators as part of the special, airing Friday, Sept. 16 (8:00 PM, ET/PT) revealing how the explosion in technology is only making bullying worse, as victims cannot find relief from their tormentors in a 24/7 digital world. The report, with links to the CBS News website, will have important new information for parents, educators and legislators about how bullying affects children and how to address it. Plus, you can join the conversation online on http://www.facebook.com/#!/48hours .
Many schools turn a blind eye to the bullying issue; but in the 48 Hours special, you will find out that one middle school in Rhode Island is taking a stand and making a difference. For six months, producers and camera crews were allowed in-depth access to the classrooms, cafeteria and gym at the Rhode Island middle school that is one of the few in the United States that has openly acknowledged it has a bullying problem and has taken action to address it. The 48 HOURS special documents the real lives of students at that particular school, and has the powerful stories of other young people and their families from around the country who have felt the impact of bullying firsthand.
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If you are dealing with bullying issues with your child, CBS News offers a comprehensive resource for parents:
Tips for Parents
A Mother's Story
Here we are with the fantastic CBS staff responsible for this special as well as the wonderful group of bloggers:
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