If A Bully Watches This

Every seven minutes a child is bullied. One out of four students will be abused by another youth. 160,000 students miss school each day for fear of being bullied. Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW) goes beyond the statistics to address bullying in Wisconsin schools.

The documentary profiles three different students with three different problems and one common problem, bullying. “We are thankful for the three families that shared their personal stories with us, so others can learn from their painful experiences,” said co-producer Eileen Littig.

The documentary entitled If A Bully Watches This debuts on Wisconsin Public Television at 9:30 p.m. on September 23rd. An encore presentation is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on September 26th.

“We felt it was important to produce a program on school safety that shows there is help and hope for victims of bullying,” said co-producer Dean Leisgang. “Our goal is that students, faculty, and families will watch this program and open up a dialogue on this important topic to create a safe climate schools”.

The program will also be available to educators online through the Wisconsin Media Lab, www.WIMediaLab.org. The Wisconsin Media Lab curates cost-free K-12 Multimedia educational content.

October is the national Bullying Awareness month. This is a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness regarding bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education.

The If A Bully Watches This documentary was a collaborative project between ETP-NEW and NEWIST/CESA 7.

Funding for If A Bully Watches This was provide by Phil and Elizabeth Hendrickson and Wisconsin Public Television.

Educator resources for the bullying program can be found on the Wisconsin Media Lab website.