Add Your Voice to the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention

Add Your Voice to the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention

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here), and remain engaged on many fronts in efforts to reduce bullying, including launching a new web site today, stopbullying.gov.  But with the President’s involvement today, we are sending the strongest message we can that all of us need to do more.  (And in case you missed it, the President and First Lady released a special video message yesterday). [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIel6eiMQXc[/youtube] We need you to be a part of the dialogue, too.  You can watch portions of the Conference on Bullying Prevention live right here on WhiteHouse.gov and join in several special online discussions throughout the day. Here’s the lineup: (REMEMBER:  All times are EASTERN)

  • 10:35 AM: Opening Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama Watch live on WhiteHouse.gov/live.
  • 11:00 AM: A conversation with experts on effective programs and policies to prevent bullying Panel Discussion with Susan Swearer-Napalitano, Justin Patchin, Catherine Bradshaw, and George Sugai moderated by White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.  Watch live at WhiteHouse.gov/live
  • 12:20 PM: Special “Facebook Live” Event at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor Stephanie Cutter, Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan, MTV Vice President for Public Affairs Jason Rzepka and Rosalind Wiseman take questions from the public via Facebook on bullying prevention.  Watch live at WhiteHouse.gov/live and submit your questions on Facebook.
  • 1:15PM: Open for Questions: iVillage with Secretary Sebelius at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention Kelly Wallace poses questions from the iVillage audience on bullying prevention to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Watch live at WhiteHouse.gov/live.
  • 2:00PM:   Administration Officials Deliver Closing Remarks at Conference Wrap Up Session Watch live on WhiteHouse.gov/live.
For too long, people have excused bullying by saying things like “What can you do, bullying has been going on forever. Kids are mean.” Or “She just made a bad joke, she didn’t mean to hurt anyone.” Or, worse yet, “Bullying is just part of growing up. It builds character.”  We reject those excuses.  As the President says, bullying isn’t a normal rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up.  We all have an obligation to ensure that our schools are safe for all of our children. We can, and we will, stop bullying now.]]]]> ]]>