As a new school year begins across the country, more than 160,000 children will stay home every day because they are afraid of being bullied. That is just one of the startling facts in the CBS News/”48 Hours” presentation “Bullying: Words Can Kill” airing Friday, Sept. 16 (8 p.m. ET/PT).
I attended a roundtable discussion at CBS Studios earlier this week to learn more about the makings of the TV show and more importantly to discuss how we all together; media, influencers, mothers, teachers, schools and children can put the stop for bullying in our schools.
You can find more about the 48 Hours special Bullying: Words Can Kill on CBS and watch the preview here:
One of the most important things that I learned was that working together with the children is the key to successfully decrease bullying. There are many experts who offer their advice and tips, but it’s really the children themselves that offer the best solutions for many of the problems. Children know the hot spots, children know who and what the bullying in their schools looks like, and some of the most successful anti-bullying programs are done together with the children, for example by peer monitoring, offering group discussion and even as simple as adding a “bullying box” in a class room to report bullying anonymously. I’ve always believed in good communication with children in preventing many things, and bullying isn’t an exception.
When I came home from the event, I immediately started discussing with my children about bullying, if they feel safe at school, and what would they do if they saw bullying. I believe that the sooner we start discussing about bullying with our children, the better equipped they will be to handle it if it happens to them, step up and help someone who is bullying and above all – to know better not to ever bully anyone. Sadly there is much to do in our education system and at schools to get them to stop bullying. As of now many schools get grand money for a specific anti-bullying program, and some of them are good, some of them not so much. Bullying is like a speeding train in our schools, and much more drastic measures need to be taken. With the fast evolution of technology being part of our children’s lives cyber-bullying is taking bullying to new lengths.
Watch the 48 Hours special tonight and go to CBS.com to find a vast amount of resources of different anti-bullying programs and tips what to do if your child is being bullied.
Photo: Heather Wines/CBS ©2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc.