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Words Can Work recently co-hosted a Webinar, Bullying and Young People with McLean Hospital, Harvard's largest psychiatric facility.

The Webinar featured the Words Can Work DVD Bullying: True Stories. More than 400 educators from middle/high schools and colleges/universities, government agencies and youth-serving organizations from around the globe, joined in the 90-minute online event. This Webinar is made possible through a grant from the Marion F. Boynton Trust.

Participating educators received information, communication strategies, and tools they can use to start and continue vital conversations with students, parents, and colleagues about bullying.

Jeanne Blake, the creator of Words Can Work, and producer of the DVD, facilitated the Webinar. Panelists included Gil Noam, Ed.D., Ph.D., the founder and Director of Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR), McLean Hospital and Robin D'Antona, Ed.D., an educational consultant and founding board member of the International Bullying Prevention Association.

Dr. D'Antona spoke of the need for a social and cultural change to end bullying. "What is required to reduce bullying is nothing less than a change in the general climate and in norms for behavior," she said. "This requires a comprehensive, effort involving the entire community."

During the Webinar, participants viewed excerpts of Bullying: True Stories. In one clip, Tré talks about how she started to believe the comments made by the girls bullying her.

"I felt ashamed," Tré says, "I started to believe that I must be fat, or I must be stupid, or I must be ugly because they were going out their way to tell me that. And I stopped caring. I became depressed. I was eating more. I would walk out the door and I wouldn't care how I looked. It just didn't matter to me."

Dr. Noam says the feelings of shame described by Tré often keeps those being bullied from telling an adult. He adds that changing behavior of bystanders - young people who witness bullying but do nothing to stop it - is key to ending bullying.

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