Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Bullying

October 7, 2012
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

This week's episode of "Beyond the Headlines" discusses Bullying, a worldwide problem children, teenagers, and some adults face on a daily basis. We talk about what is being done in schools to help students be accepting of others, and what is being done to help end cyber-bullying in our community.

According to the National Education Association, it is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of intimidation by other students. The Kaiser Family Foundation says young people between the ages of 8 and 18 spend 7.5 hours a day using technology, which can include cyber-bullying and "sexting." We discuss how parents and teachers can get involved and know how to handle these situations.

Today's guests range from leaders in the LGBTQ community, to police officers and educational leaders who help combat the continuing issue of bullying in schools.

Studio Guests

Ynez Barber
President - Gay/Straight Alliance
Napa High School

Lieutenant Tracy Hern
Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
Sunnyvale Police Department

Officer Holly Lawrence
Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
Sunnyvale Police Department

Janine Saunders
School Health and Safety Manager
Alameda County Office of Education

Ian Stanley
Program Director
Napa LGBTQ Project

Additional Information

Marin County Superintendent Mary Jane Burke and "Beyond Differences" Announce Initiative to Address Social Isolation

Marin County Unified Schools and Beyond Differences launch "No One Eats Alone," a landmark initiative to combat social isolation in teens, which is expected to make a significant impact on hundreds of thousands of students. The launch event will take place at Davidson Middle School during lunch on October 9 and will demonstrate steps to tackle social isolation through interactive activities and ongoing awareness.

With social isolation and bullying now seen as chronic problems in our schools, this initiative seeks to reverse these trends by asking students to engage in a simple act of kindness at lunch – making sure that no one is eating alone.

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