Much as I loathe Dr. Phil, news that a whole slew of major media are coming together to highlight America’s bullying epidemic is a pretty stellar development. Today Dr. Phil will air a show about teen torment; on Friday he’ll also appear on Anderson Cooper‘s town hall bullying special; People magazine’s issue that hits newsstands Oct. 8 will feature a special package on teen bullying; Nickelodeon this week aired “Sticks, Stones and CyberSlams,” which featured real life bullying victims sharing their stories; and even the Cartoon Network has launched its “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” campaign, with PSAs airing on TV and its website. There’s the obvious “it’s terrible it took so many tragedies to get the media to pay attention to the problem,” but let’s give credit where it’s due: this is the responsible reaction we should expect.

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