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"Speak Up" Documentary on Bullying Airs Sunday

Airing on Sunday, March 18th, the Carton's Network's "Speak Up" is a 30-minute documentary on bullying.

Airing on Sunday, March 18th, the Carton's Network's "Speak Up" is a 30-minute documentary on bullying.

Everyday, kids in Joliet are bullied by other kids for not fitting in. They may be teased for being too fat or thin, too short or tall, gay, too smart or dumb, or for other differences. Over time, bullying can lead kids to have difficulties in school, lower their self-esteem, and even cause long-term challenges if not addressed early.

This Sunday, March 18th at 4:30 p.m. the Cartoon Network will air "Speak Up," an original 30-minute documentary that captures the everyday stories of America’s bullied kids and the youth who have helped them. This provides an opportunity for kids and adults to learn more about how they can prevent bullying and ‘speak up’ when they see it occurring.

President Obama will deliver a special opening message to introduce viewers to the documentary. Learn more about the show at http://www.stopbullyingspeakup.com . During and after the program, visit the website to chat with Rosalind Wiseman, an internationally known expert on parenting, teens and bullying, who will answer questions from viewers.

Families and educators can use the film as a helpful resource. After it airs, Cartoon Network will post the entire show on its website at http://www.cartoonnetwork.com and it will also be available on Xfinity, Facebook, iTunes and YouTube.com for two weeks following the premiere. The program will be rebroadcast on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Check local TV listings to confirm station and times.

Tips to help kids stop the bullying and a Parents Guide also are offered on the Stop Bullying Speak Up website, and educators can find an Educators Guide at http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/educator-guide/index.html that will provide them with more information and tools to prevent bullying in their schools.

Take the first step to stopping the bullying by watching the show.

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