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Mean Kids Part Six : Bullying is an age-old problem, but in recent years a new strategy has emerged to combat it: creating a community of kindness.
More than 40 percent of Northeast Ohio’s children are either bullies or their victims, a  higher percentage than the national average. And only one in four bullying victims in our region tells anyone about it. In the conclusion of the series Mean Kids, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman looks at the latest approaches and the best hope for bullying prevention.

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Mean Kids Part Six

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Brush High School 9th grader Felicia Freeney says bullying is rampant.

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At a Kindness Core workshop for Project Love, students admit to bullying.

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Rima Javer of Westlake High School leads a discussion on how to stop a bully.

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Amanda Hallis of Berea High School says vulnerable students are bullying targets

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Peter Yarrow, of the legendary trio Peter, Paul and Mary, performs for children, legislators and staff as part of the Operation Respect: Don't Laugh at Me program, at the Ohio Statehouse, in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, March 26, 2003.

Peter Yarrow, of the legendary trio Peter, Paul and Mary, performs for children, legislators and staff as part of the Operation Respect: Don't Laugh at Me program, at the Ohio Statehouse, in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, March 26, 2003.

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The OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program’s website has a vast amount of resources for parents, teachers, and administrators.

Columnist Dan Savage tells gay youth being bullied that “It Gets Better” using social media and YouTube.

Susan Michael encourages people to email her for more information at Her “Stop the Bullying Now!” pamphlet for educators can be found for purchase on her website or on

Operation Respect is a non-profit organization working to assure each child and youth a respectful, safe and compassionate climate of learning where their academic, social and emotional development can take place free of bullying, ridicule and violence. Founded by Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul & Mary, the organization disseminates educational resources that are designed to establish a climate that reduces the emotional and physical cruelty some children inflict upon each other by behaviors such as ridicule, bullying and -in extreme cases- violence.

In 2003, a Congressional resolution recognized Yarrow's achievements and those of Operation Respect. The Congressional Caucus gave him a standing ovation.

In March 2008, Yarrow told Reuters, "Operation Respect has been my main and all-consuming work for the past 10 years. My perception is that the kind of bullying, humiliation that goes on in children's schools leads to high rates of depression that was virtually unknown when I was young and the high suicide rate of teenagers which we know is almost inevitably caused by bullying or mean-spiritedness. It is a reflection of the role models that young people observe on TV shows like a lot of the reality shows. It is also part and parcel of the characteristics in the adult world of America."

For Educators:

Carol Tizzano, M.A.
Dates: November 5-6, 2010
(Attendance is required at all sessions)
Times: Friday, 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Saturday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Notre Dame College Administration Building
(Room signs will be posted)

Whether through eye rolling and quiet whispers or an all out cafeteria fight, bullying is a reality that is more pervasive and damaging than realized. This offering examines how today’s popular culture consumed by the youth contributes to a climate of bullying. We will explore research that shows girls and boys bully differently. Screenings, presentations, and activities will identify and help all to understand the problem and address remedies.

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Magical Theatre Company continues its efforts toward helping kids navigate the sometimes treacherous world of growing up. With a long and strong history of providing young people with positive messages and strategies about some tricky issues, Magical Theatre Company has addressed substance abuse among teenagers in a unique musical, Jekyll & Hyde. They addressed the consequences of teenage sexual activity in a tough play called Consequence; and brought to life a child’s classic The Hundred Dresses, helping kids see past stereotypes. Recently they took on cyberbullying and exclusion among teenage girls in a very successful tour of The Secret Life of Girls, reaching 12,000 Northeast Ohio students.
Now Magical Theatre Company is tackling bullying among intermediate and middle school students in a rousing production called, appropriately enough,    The Bully Show! Touring schools and other organizations, The Bully Show! is a witty, interactive assembly performed as a game show - with students from the audience as contestants. It challenges kids to reconsider some of their assumptions about bullies, victims, and bystanders. More importantly, it provides strategies for kids to deal with different bullying situations. It uniquely augments bullying programs already in place at schools and comes with a slew of resource materials for the students, as well as their parents, teachers and administrators. Seriously fun and seriously beneficial.
Call Dennis O’Connell at (330) 848-3708 to find out how to bring this production to your church, school, or community group.

Related Links & Resources
November 5 bullying conference in Eastlake

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Listener Comments:

Say, we go to school to learn how to communicate. People falling out, fighting, killing, and committing suicide to express themselves shows how we do not. Is that one side of an equation, or merely academic?

Posted by: greg hope (Springfield, OR) on October 12, 2010 12:10PM
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