(Above: Jason Sirois, Associate Project Director for the Anti-Defamation League, leads a workshop on bullying at Time Warner's NY Headquarters.)
Last week, Turner Broadcasting's Diversity & Inclusion group, Turner Parents New York (an employee business resource group), Cartoon Network and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) hosted " Youth & Bullying: What Your Kids Wish You Knew." Working with the ADL's A World of Difference Institute, the interactive training was held at Time Warner Center in New York City for adults focused on understanding the language, skills, information and challenges associated with bullying.
Tackling the topic of bullying has been a public service priority for Turner. Since 2010, Cartoon Network's award-winning bullying prevention campaign, Stop Bullying: Speak Up, has empowered kids and shed light on the effects of bullying. And CNN's original documentary The Bully Effect, co-presented by Cartoon Network's Stop Bullying, Speak Up campaign, has been made widely available to the public. An abridged youth version of The Bully Effect also aired on Cartoon Network.
"We've already held these training sessions for employees in Atlanta and Miami, and we’re also organizing sessions in Burbank and Chicago," said Alice Cahn, Vice President, Social Responsibility, Cartoon Network.
The session was led by Jason Sirois, Associate Project Director for ADL, who provided insights to assist families in helping children and teens appropriately respond to incidents of bullying while promoting safe and respectful environments.
Sirois discussed a variety of topics, including how to understand and address cyber bullying, the impact of bullying in a global society, what to do when signs of bullying behavior is exhibited, and how family members can be an ally for children. He added, "Ultimately, they want all of us to be role models."
During the workshop, participants received bullying prevention and intervention tips from ADL (inset image), as well as Stop Bullying: Speak Up materials, which parents can use with their children's schools.