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Barack and Michelle Obama Talk Bullying in Facebook Video

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have appeared in a video shot exclusively for Facebook, to discuss bullying prevention, and a summit that will take place on Thursday, addressing the topic.

“During that event, the President, First Lady, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services will welcome students, parents, and teachers for a conversation about effective policies and programs to prevent bullying,” Facebook’s Andrew Noyes tells us. “Facebook will take part in this important summit.”

“I’m not here to ask you to accept my friend request,” said Obama. “But I did want to let you know that Michelle and I are hosting an important meeting at the White House on Thursday, and we want you to be a part of it.”

“We’ll be talking with students, teachers, and parents about about how to stop bullying, and about the responsibility each of us has to make sure our children treat each other with respect,” said the First Lady.

“This isn’t an issue that makes headlines every day,” the President said. “But it affects every single young person in our country.”

“For a long tome, bullying was treated as an unavoidable part of growing up, but more and more, we’re seeing how harmful it can be for our kids – especially when it follows them from their school to their phone, to their computer screen,” he continued. “The good news is that there’s a growing movement led by young people themselves to make our schools and communities places where no one is made to feel alone or afraid for being different – where all of our children can thrive.”

“They understand that while technology has allowed us to connect like never before, and that’s a good thing, it shouldn’t affect how we treat each other,” he added.

For Facebook’s part, it will host a special Facebook DC Live from the White House. This will feature a conversation about how people can “work together to make the Internet safer and promote a culture of shared responsibility and of strong digital citizenship,” Facebook tells us.

That show airs at 12:20 p.m. ET on the White House Live and Facebook DC Live Facebook pages. Guests will include: Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan, teen behavior expert Rosalind Wiseman, MTV Vice President Jason Rzepka and Kalpen Modi, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Details about how to ask questions live can be found here.

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  • Olivia

    Bullying is wrong & should never be okay

  • Queen

    A discussion about bullying prevention couldn’t have come at a more prefect time. I’m a parent that has a child who’s being bullied by the TEACHER. I have met with the teacher, principal, and other school officials. Because it’s the teacher that’s bullying a student no one believes me. School officials are second guessing whether or not my child is being bullied by the teacher. My child is a bright student and because of the bullying the child grades have dropped, don’t want to attend school, have nightmares, and upset stomachs frequently. In addition the school officials aren’t taking this serious. I AM CRYING OUT FOR HELP.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Sounds like a terrible situation. Not sure I can be of much help in the way of advice on that, but I hope it gets resolved.

  • http://webpronenews margaret

    Have you thought about removing your child from that class?If you are not believe that is the only thing you can do to save your child from that teacher.

  • Bill Thomas

    The BULLY is living in The White House, and was unfortunately elected to the position of President of the United States. It’s too bad for the citizens of the US, he just isn’t capable of doing the job!!!

  • juan Carlos Parra

    my 3 kids they are attending Martial Arts Im just hoping that no one try to bully them or they are going to find out what 3 black belts are all about! and I told them if some one bully you don’t stop I will take all the responsibility I don’t care. Always respect other kids and be friendly till someone try to bully you!

  • Jim

    Irony – The Obama’s pretend to be against bullying while B H Obama tells Khadafi to leave or he will inflict physical violence on him.

    . . . and seriously, a Chicago politician acting like bullying is offensive? If it wasn’t such a disgusting fraud it would be so laughable.

    Obama has raised the bar for bullying . . .

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