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According to the National Education Association, 160,000 children miss school every day due to the fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Research shows that 77% of all students in grades K-12 have been bullied at one time or another. Bullying has been in the national spotlight a lot in recent years for a number of high profile cases, some of which have resulted in suicide. In the past year, many schools in Central Pennsylvania have put a greater emphasis on peer-to-peer programs to stop bullying.
witf aims to become a convening point for the topic of bullying in Central Pennsylvania in a new comprehensive project called Pushed Around starting on March 18, 2013. This multimedia project will span the radio, TV and web platforms and will include bullying classes and a public forum held at the witf Public Media Center.
We plan on using a broad approach to the topic, covering not just bullying in schools, but also online and in the workplace. We will focus on signs of bullying, approaches for stopping bullying, the psychology behind bullying, and personal stories of local people affected by bullying, among other topics.
To help inform our coverage, we created a Public Insight Query asking you to share your experience with bullying. Whether you’ve been bullied, you’ve been a bully, you’ve been close to someone who has been bullied or you’ve witnessed bullying, we want to hear about it. Please help inform our project by sharing your personal insights.
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