Protect Our Children: Harassed & Vulnerable

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October 8, 2010 10:39:43 AM PDT
In light of recent tragedies involving teens, WABC-TV is proud to bring you an encore presentation of our 2009 special addressing the issues of LGBT teens, cyber-bullying, sexual trafficking and gangs. Our children function in a world where they have to balance parental values with peer influence and the realities of school life and "the street." The program deals with human trafficking, the harassment of gay, lesbian and transgender students, the prevalence of gangs and their influence and finally, the issue of cyberbullying with the evolution of cellphones and sites like YouTube.

The special profiles families coping with these issues and features educators and experts from GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services), GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), The Bronx United Fathers Network, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Also featured are parent & student workshops at the Alfred E. Smith School in the Bronx and the New Jersey Gay/Straight Alliance Summit at Teaneck High School in New Jersey.

Children and teens are not known for their better judgment and we hope to address the issues that are putting them at risk.

Information on agencies that can be of help are posted here on

WABC-TV's "Protect Our Children" campaign originated in 1998 and has been developed with the collaboration of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, (NCMEC).