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Peers Influence Peers XVII: What We Worry About
Airs: May 19, 2011, 1pm EDT satellite downlink, webcast available on demand
Sponsor(s): MCTFT, PIPP
In high school, teens will worry about many things including grades, their future, college, the economy, fitting in socially, and parent expectations. That's okay, these are things they should be focused on.
They also worry about things that shouldn't be on their plate; bullying, violence, and drug and alcohol use. Peers Influence Peers XVII: What We Worry About is an hour-long program that fuses documentary material with an original screenplay that addresses these potentially dangerous issues. It's a program produced by youth for a youth audience.
Follow the lives of seven teenagers who are part of a group counseling session. The issues they face are what our youth see every day. Brian is an alcoholic. Jane drinks as well. Sharon comes from a home with an abusive father and is a "cutter." Michael is gay, bullied and attempts suicide. Randy is a bully. Jane is a meth addict and Suzanne abuses prescription drugs.
This dramatic presentation doesn't pretend to solve those concerns of youth just exposes them. This program does not provide answers, it poses the questions and presents the issues. "What We Worry About" provides talking points for discussion in the classroom.
- Learn what steps can be taken to prevent alcoholism in teens
- See why methamphetamine can be so destructive and dangerous
- Find out how cutting can be a symptom of other problems
- Hear why bullies bully and who they target
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