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Can We #bullyPROOF Our Schools?
June 1, 2012
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After a week of CONNECT's in-depth look at bullying in Canada, it culminates in a special documentary, 'bullyPROOF: Classroom Confidential'. Watch a trailer for the hour-long doc below and tune in Saturday at 7 or 10 PM on CBC News Network or Sunday at 7 PM on CBC TV:

Can We #bullyPROOF Our Schools? - May 28, 2012

According to the Canadian Red Cross, one in five youths in this country report being bullied regularly. The Ontario government is currently debating Bill 14, the Anti-Bullying Act, which would introduce bullying prevention programs in the province's schools. And every night this week, 'Connect with Mark Kelley' is taking the opportunity to investigate bullying in Canada with a series of programs called #bullyPROOF.

Each night at 8 pm on CBC, 'Connect' will examine a different aspect of bullying by sending Mark back to school, where he will meet some of the students, parents and administrators who are affected by bullying. Tonight (Monday) looks at the urgency of the problem, as the program meets the parent of a Truro, Nova Scotia teen who committed suicide in January, 2011.

Other issues the show will look at include the legacy that bullies leave behind them, the role of technology in modern bullying, why bullies act as they do, and whether government legislation can effectively create change. The #bullyPROOF series also has a Facebook page where people can share stories of bullying, and they're asking people to tweet about the issue using #bullyPROOF as a hashtag.

To find out about bullying from the students who encounter it, the Connect team set up a "bully booth" to get first-hand accounts of how bullying affects them each day. Check out some video from the bully booth below, and tune in each night this week at 8 to learn more about the issue:

Related stories on Strombo.com:

The Bully Project

UPDATE: U.S. Theatre Chain Invites Kids To See 'Bully', Parents Television Council Wants It Banned

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