For Immediate Release — March 19, 2014 | Pacific
George A. Smith: AFN Broadcast Center | +1 (951) 413-2319
March 19, 2014 — Three Defense Media Activity (DMA) organizations and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA ) schools in the Pacific and Europe are syncing entertainment with command information and social media to help stop bullying.
The seven-hour event will give parents and children a mix of highly acclaimed, informative and entertaining TV shows on how to deal with bullying.It starts noon Central European Time/Japan-Korea Time March 23 on AFN|family.
AFN|family program planner Myia Alston said the high-school student hosted event is designed to be a "co-viewing event that parents and kids view and discuss together.Bullying is one of the top social concerns for kids all around the world."
"We'll have resources set up through our partnership with Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) at dodea.edu and stopbullying.gov," said Alston."The important thing for people to consider is these are checked resources and they can trust what they find."
The event kicks off with Stand Up: Military Kids Against Bullying.The AFN Europe show highlights how DoDEA students take an active role to stop bullying through their own creative ideas and initiatives.Next up it's Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Sticks, Stones and CyberSlams.Other shows are Cyberbully, Tagged: The Jonathan Wamback Story, the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning and deeply emotional theatrical documentary Bully, and NFL Characters Unite, profiling NFL stars sharing deeply personal stories of overcoming prejudice, bullying and discrimination with the goal of helping young people currently facing similar challenges.
The AFN Broadcast Center negotiated the rights to TV shows and produced high school student segments where they introduce shows and give additional information on where to go for help. AFN Europe created a show on military kids standing up to bullying.DoDEA is getting the word out to overseas schools and will respond to people tweet during the show.The DMA Radio and TV Production Office provided carefully targeted pre-recorded TV messages on bullying that will air during the event.
Join the live conversation during the event. Send a tweet to @DoDEA #StopBullying and share comments, observations and questions with DoDEA staff. For details on "Stop Bullying," go to www.myafn.net and click on "Stop Bullying."