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          Bullying: The Power to Protect Your Child

          October 18, 2011

          Taunted, kicked, spat on and teased — if this is what your child faced each day at school, how would you react? 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.

          Proud to be a Bully?
          Sam, 13, is a a self-proclaimed bully who admits she teases other girls, carries brass knuckles to school and has even ridiculed her school principal. Can Dr. Phil correspondent Kelly Cutrone help shed light on Sam’s brash behavior? Is there more to the tough teen than meets the eye?

          “Bullying gives you a sense of power and strength over others.”

          Taunted to Death
          Dr. Phil takes on “bullycide” — the tragic suicides of teens subjected to teasing — with Wendy, a mother whose son, Seth, took his own life after being taunted at school. How have she and her surviving son, Shawn, coped with his tragic death? Hear her gripping message to parents and the kids she says “murdered” her son with words.

          “I got the scissors and had to cut him down from the tree … no one could have saved him.”

          Ally’s Trouble
          Ally, 16, says she has been pushed down stairs, teased and thrown into trash cans since the first grade. Teen specialist Dr. Susan Lipkins offers Ally bully-proof strategies to defend herself, but is the young girl ready to fight back? The Hills reality TV star and anti-bullying advocate, Kristin Cavallari, helps Ally put some of Dr. Lipkins’ tips to good use in a practice face off.

          “They call me bitch, slut, creeper and weirdo.”

          A Good Act Gone Bad
          When Dawn saw kids bullying one of her students, Larry, she decided to lend the tortured teen her support. But the teacher’s act of kindness ended in the unthinkable — the young man’s death and a school shooting that forever changed Dawn’s life. What really happened? Then, Dr. Phil speaks to a young woman, Alyssa, about her brother, Jamey’s, bullycide and the kids who, even after his death, still taunted their family.

          Learn about the day that ended Larry’s life and forever changed Dawn’s.

          Time for a Change?
          Dr. Phil talks to Sam and Ally about their most significant childhood memories, and how their experiences have shaped who they are. What insights can he offer the two young girls? And, is Sam ready to stop her bullying for good?

          “You don’t need to be punished. You need to be helped.”

          Phil in the Blanks – The Podcast

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          • This fall, CustomInk is encouraging kids to “Be Good to Each Other” by designing and wearing their own anti-bullying t-shirts. Design and order your anti-bullying shirt here and CustomInk will donate 100% of profits to STOMP Out Bullying,™ a leading national anti-bullying program.
          • Are you interested in making your school safer? Do your part to get anti-bullying legislation passed in your state. Click here for a list of state senators and here for a sample letter to send. 
          • Watch Dr. Phil testify before Congress against bullying.

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