Young people gather for anti-bullying summit

October 18, 2011 10:31:26 AM PDT
Hundreds of young people gathered Tuesday at the George R. Brown Convention Center for a summit on bullying.

The emergence of social networking has led to some tragic cases of bullying in this country. The whole point of Tuesday's summit at the GRB was to teach middle schoolers how to recognize bullying and what to do about it. It's called the No Place for Hate Youth Summit and it's sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.

We caught up with some of the 7th and 8th graders Tuesday morning as they took part in some role-playing, break out sessions. The kids told us that bullying is different for boys and girls and that technology has made bullying easier for bullies.

"There's a lot more ways that kids can bully people since we have phones and internet. People think that they can get away with stuff better because it's on the internet," said 7th grader Vivian Martin.

"Mainly girls when they get mad, when we get mad, we start saying things that people tell us and we put people's information out," said 8th grader Toni Lee.

This is a one-day summit with kids here from all over the Houston area. By the end of the day, the kids say they hope to have some good ways to cope with the issues when they head back to the classroom on Wednesday.

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