Why You Should Watch This:
Teen suicide in the United States has been on the rise. One cause is that teenagers have been increasingly bullied in school and through the use of social media. There are so many ways kids can post what is going in in their lives, whether it is via Twitter, Facebook, Google +, or a YouTube video. This is also an opportunity for bullies to rear their head, be it an anonymous response on YouTube or via Facebook. It does not end there as these comments follow the children into school the next day. If one fears getting in trouble for bullying in person they can now do it online or both. The instances of teen and tween suicide is on the rise because of this increased opportunity for bullying and it needs to be addressed!
Title of Video: Bullying: Words Can Kill – 48 Hours Special Addresses School Bullying
Date Created/Posted: September 18, 2011
Who made it: CBS News, By correspondent Tracy Smith
Length: 48 minutes
Human Rights Issue(s): Right to education and socialization in schools without harassment and bullying.
The documentary shows us that even watching an event that can be construed as bullying is not acceptable and encourages all bystanders to say something, come forward and become part of the solution. I think it’s purpose is to encourage children, parents and educators to start a dialog about bullying and to prevent it. Seeing these brave children come forth and tell their story shows that more has to be done to protect our children in our educational system. As a result of inaction by schools in our country and increased cyber-bullying, suicide has been on the rise for a much younger age bracket than ever before.
The question we have to ask ourselves is whose job is it to address the issue? Only the parents of this child that is being bullied? The school that it continues at? The parents of the bully? Or all three? What role should educators and school administration take if this is happening on home computers and outside of school guidelines, if any are even in place?
Children being bullied, school administration and child bullies.
This video seeks to empathize with children being bullied and let them know they do not have to end their life to end the bullying. It also shows school officials what can happen if anti-bullying policies are not in place. It suggests that school administrators should have a zero tolerance policy for bullying.
The story is told by those children that have been bullied and have contemplated suicide as well as the parents who have lost their children to suicide as a result of bullying.
Did you know?:
A reported 150 children have committed suicide as a direct result of bullying since the mid-1980’s and an estimated 160,000 kids miss school because of bullying.
- The U.S. Government has a website of resources to for kids, teens, adults, parents and educators.
- Mr. Mike, a former clown for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, has created a show geared toward early prevention of bullying on his website and his Anti-Bullying Show on YouTube.
- Here are some things parents can do to identify and stop bullying.
- Young People Jaded by Slurs – Article.
- 14-Year-Old Boy, Commits Suicide After Gay Bullying, Parents Carry On Message (VIDEO)
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