Contact Us

All Things CNN is an independent blog that has no affiliation with CNN.

If you wish to contact us with tips, comments or suggestions our email is

To contact a specific CNN program please check our CNN programs link at the top of this page.

To contact CNN
click here.


All Things CNN
is now on Twitter.
twitter / AllThingsCNN

Monday, October 10, 2011

AC360 week-long series begins October 10

AC360 week-long series begins October 10

CNN, Facebook, Cartoon Network and Time Inc. have teamed up for a special multi-platform effort aimed at taking a stand to help stop the bullying crisis. Anderson Cooper 360° will air a week-long series focused on bullying in addition to a town hall hosted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, marking the one year anniversary of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi.’s death.

Beginning October 10, Anderson Cooper 360° will air a week-long series which will move the conversation forward with solution oriented, original research that will help families and educators to better understand this serious problem impacting children. Cooper sheds new light into the world of bullies, uncovering counter intuitive information about what motivates kids’ aggression that might surprise viewers. Cooper will uncover some universal truths about bullying in schools across the country by speaking with UC sociologist Faris and bullying expert Rachel Simmons, best-selling author of “Odd girl Out”. Anderson Cooper 360° airs weeknights at 8 and 10pm ET on CNN.

Anderson Cooper will reveal the results of a six-month long pilot study that provide new insight about why kids bully each other and how parents and educators can more effectively stop the problem. In partnership with University of California sociologist Dr. Robert Faris, this groundbreaking investigation involving over 700 junior and high school students will explore the complex social dynamic of bullying, and how certain students hold the key to stopping the problem.
“Too many kids have died already; too many kids are living in fear. At AC360 we decided to look into the problem by sponsoring an extensive study of bullying in one school to better understand the dynamics “said Cooper “what we learned by focusing on one school was eye opening. The problem of bullying is far more complex than it is often portrayed, and while there are no easy solutions, we’ve learned some things that lead me to believe that with enough attention, we can make life better for kids”
Bullying: It Stops here, An Anderson Cooper Special Report will feature guests including actor and bullying prevention activist Jane Lynch , psychologist and talk-show host Dr. Phil McGraw; who has testified before Congress about bullying prevention, talk show host and mother of three Kelly Ripa, and Rosalind Wiseman; best-selling author “Queen Bees and Wannabees”. Along with a special audience of students, parents, educators and policy makers, Cooper and guests will question whether new legislation, laws and significant media attention has helped the bullying prevention efforts.
The town hall, titled Bullying: It Stops Here will premiere Sunday, October 9 at 8pm ET and will re-air on October 14 at 8 and 10 pm ET.

Earlier this month, Facebook and Time Warner Inc. announced the launch of the Stop Bullying: Speak Up Social Pledge App, an interactive social media pledge that enables educators, parents and students to make a personal commitment—and recruit others to join them—to help stop bullying.

All content, unless otherwise cited, is © All Things CNN and may not be used without consent of the blog administrator.


Anonymous said...

This week long series on Bullying is an effort to fill air time because Anderson is on vacation.
While some of the segments shown may enlighten us and expose the misconceptions we may have on the subject of bullying, most of it dwells on the children's perceptions of bullying in a private school.
Wheaton is one of the better private academic facilities in NY state, and while bullying takes place all over, it is classic for reporters, gov't officials and those in charge, to go to "better schools." Why?
There are plenty of good public schools that would've been willing to let CNN expose this issue.
And just because people write books, does not make them an expert. It makes them a person who sat on a committee and did research, and then wrote about it.
Have they taught school? Have they taught public school and for how long?
Real background knowledge comes from people "in the field," and Anderson is one person who should know this better than anyone else.

Anonymous said...

While I appreciate the effort, I think that someone missed the mark on the Sunday show. Children often learn bullying from parents--who model the behavior. Teachers, scout leaders, and coaches, as well as people who work with children in a variety of situations are the ones who have to deal with the bullies and those who are being bullied. Why no teacher interviews? Why no coaches, scout leaders, or other folks who work with children on a regular basis? Sometimes I feel that there isn't enough thought being put into some of these specials on CNN.

Anonymous said...

Well, looks like Anderson's bullying tanked, according to TVN.
A mere 378, tuned in to watch Anderson move his lips, and I mean just that. (Some ATA posters just watch the man physically, move his lips.)
They don't seem to care what he says, so long as he speaks.
But for the rest of us, seeking some knowledge, it proved to be a boring snoozefest with the stars.
And speaking of stars, TVN also reported that 60 Minutes made the top ten, after all these years!
Good for them.
Just think, the top ten, minus the two well known "Andys."
And the show actually survived!

Anonymous said...

anon 5:56, please don't make assumptions about why some of us tune in to watch Anderson Cooper because you may not know what you're talking about. In fact, I'm sure you don't.

Anonymous said...

The kids on this show were bright, articulate and strong. The one boy who sang the Lady Gaga song was so sweet and endearing, it was hard to imagine how anyone could be so cruel to him or any of the other kids. I hope CNN continues to do programs like this, regardless of how they fare in the ratings, who knows, a kid out there who's being bullied who watched may have been helped.

Anonymous said...

1:43PM: It is obvious from your comment that you have not been with children.
You called the child that sang A Lady Gaga Song both "sweet and endearing."
If this were a talent contest or American Idol for Teens, I could understand your comment. But it wasn't. He was chosen because he supposedly, was being bullied.
Having taught school for many years, children who are repeatedly picked on, are picked on for a reason.
I am not condoning this. I do not condone harming anyone physically or mentally.
BUT, when Anderson asked what his 'last thoughts were,' he said wanted to sing.
Even AC was surprised and of course he allowed this.
This is a child who clearly begs for attention and will get it anyway he can. He was NOT there to sing and it was not cute, but disturbing.
I'm not saying he therefore should be bullied.
What I am saying is 'he does things that are out of place,' and this was an example and it could possibly effect his relationships with others his own age.
To YOU he was "sweet and endearing."
To someone HIS OWN AGE, he was plain annoying.

Anonymous said...

NO child should be bullied EVER. Whether they're annoying or not, begging for attention or not. It is WRONG and should be stopped. I place ALL BLAME on BULLIES not the ones being bullied. I can't imagine how anyone with a heart or a conscience could feel otherwise.