Monday, March 19, 2012

Media Resources: Bullying

In just a few weeks, the Bully movie will premier in select theaters around the country.  This is a highly publicized documentary that goes inside the world of our students and shows the bullying that they encounter on a daily basis.  Our national organization, ASCA, asked school counselors to sign a petition of support for Bully against the Motion Picture Arts Association's "R" rating through their Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Speak Up, a special on bullying, was shown this past Sunday on the Cartoon Network.

There is another resource that is not getting as much publicity, yet the stories are designed, produced, hosted, and told directly from the students themselves.  The Public Radio Exchange's (PRX) youth division, known as Generation PRX, has put together an hour long radio documentary entitled Bullied: Teen Stories from Generation PRX that shares multiple stories, perspectives, and vantage points of kids and their interactions with bullying.  There are stories about bullying prevention programs in Alaska, the experience of LGBT students in Oklahoma, a kid who is bullied because other students think he "looks like a terrorist," and a great interview with Sheri Bauman, the author of Cyberbullying: What Counselors Need To Know.  Counselors may remember her voice from an hour interview that she did on the American Counselor Association series of podcasts (free to members).  The thing that is great about this documentary is that it is all voices of kids themselves, with stories and questions designed by them.  We can learn a lot from what they are telling us.  Take a listen below:

For the full interview from Bullied: Teen Stories from Generation PRX with Sheri Bauman, click on the player below:

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