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Radio Smart Talk: Pushed Around -- witf's project on bullying

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 20, 2013 10:05 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, March 21:

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In many people's eyes, being picked on physically, teased verbally, or harassed is a rite of passage -- part of being young.  Some have said, "We all go through it." 

What it is is bullying and just because many people have experienced it doesn't make it right or acceptable.

In fact, research shows that bullying can have devastating effects on children and adults -- some that may last a lifetime. There are too many stories about young people who have responded to constant bullying by resorting to violence or suicide.

How prevalent is bullying?  Every day, about 160,000 children stay home from school because they don't want to be bullied.  Who are they and how can they be helped?

Those are a few of the questions witf will address in its Pushed Around project on bullying.

We will focus on signs of bullying, approaches for stopping bullying, the psychology behind bullying, and personal stories of local people impacted by bullying, among other topics.

Thursday's Radio Smart Talk will serve as a primer for the issue.  Appearing to provide background on bullying will be Margueruite Ferrara, a health educator at the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center in York  and Stacy Molnar-Main, a bullying prevention expert who is certified as a school psychologist, counselor and principal. She serves as Strategic Initiatives Manager at the Center for Safe Schools

Pushed Around is supported by Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.


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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-03-21 08:46

    Jodi emailed:

    I wanted to let you know about a program that is well known around the world and has started to show up on the USA. It is called Roots of Empathy by Mary Gordon. Please look it up and mention it on your program today if you can thank you!

  • Robert D Colgan img 2013-03-21 08:55

    Great show. Very knowledgeable and informed guests, Marguerite & Stacy.

    Children, as a general rule, tend to act out treatment they themselves have received from older family members.

    When children are either directly bullied in the family or indirectly by observing their parent bullying . . .they reflect this behavior by sending it on to others.

    The huge amount of domestic violence perpetrated in America (and most of the world) promotes violent behavior as "normal."

    The classroom in the average American school has an authoritarian hierarchical structure-----not an empowerment to the child at all.
    If anything, the average classroom actually demonstrates that those with the most power can lord it over others....indirectly fueling a bullying attitude.