Bullying: The Power to Protect Your Child
From guardians to teachers to out-of-control teens, Dr. Phil and his guests discuss the role adults play in bullying and children lashing out.
“What do you say to yourself when it really gets to you?” Dr. Phil asks.
“Well, I haven’t really thought about it seriously but I’ve thought, maybe I should just leave the world and go somewhere I’m not judged. I’ve never really seriously thought about suicide, but I’ve just thought maybe I shouldn’t be here. Maybe they’re right. Maybe I’m just not meant for this world anymore.”
“Why did you decide, well, I think I’ll stay?” Dr. Phil asks.
“Because I decided I have a purpose in the world," the teen says, asserting that she plans to stay strong through her adversities.
To shed light on Ally’s issue, Dr. Phil calls The Hills reality TV star and anti-bullying advocate, Kristin Cavallari, to the stage. He notes that Kristin is very passionate about putting an end to bullying, despite her bad-girl image on television.
“Yes, I’m the mean girl,” Kristin says of the typical role she plays.
“Is that who you really are?” Dr. Phil asks.
“No, not at all. I’m just the opposite, and it’s been difficult for me to prove myself, but that’s not who I am,” Kristin says.
Dr. Phil asks Kristin what she thinks about Ally’s experience in school.
“It breaks my heart, but I think the most important thing for you to remember is that the people who are bullying you are just projecting their own insecurities onto you,” she tells Ally. “It’s not about you. It’s about them and what they’re dealing with, and you have to just be strong.”