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October 14th, 2011
01:30 PM ET

A father's mission to end bullying

Kirk Smalley has lived every parent's worst nightmare. His 11-year-old son Ty committed suicide in 2010 after being bullied in school for over a year. Ever since, Kirk has made it his life mission to end bullying. He's started an anti-bullying non-profit and participated in President Obama's bullying summit earlier this year. Kirk has also traveled extensively around the country, sharing his story at 210 schools.

Smalley spoke to Carol Costello this morning about his anti-bullying efforts and explains how any kid or adult can work to end bullying.


Filed under: Bullying • In Depth
October 11th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

In Depth: How can the bullying epidemic be addressed in our nation's schools?

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that more than 160,000 students skip school every day because they fear being bullied by other students. What can be done to tackle the problem of bullying in our nation's schools?

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans speaks to We will speak with an anti-bullying and youth leadership coach, known by fans as "Mr. Mojo". He is on a crusade to combat bullies by leading a national NO BULLYING TOUR. Mr. Mojo has recently garnered star support from the actor Jamie Foxx, whose daughter Corinne organized Anti-Bullying Week at her L.A. school and brought in Brown to be the keynote speaker on October 5.


Filed under: Bullying • In Depth
October 10th, 2011
05:53 PM ET

In Depth: One writer talks about reconciling with her childhood bully

American Morning is taking an In Depth look this week at bullying. Kids are suffering in school everyday because of bully behavior, but what can be done to stop it? Some bullying victims felt that writing their experiences could help, and 70 authors recounted their days of being bullied in a new book called "Dear Bully: Seventy authors tell their stories". 

Writer Janni Lee Simner shares her personal story of reconnecting with a bully from her childhood and why she says its important for kids to be 'peace bringers' into schools.


Filed under: Bullying • In Depth
October 7th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

'When Parents Text' authors discuss the parent-child texting relationship

With 3G phones and Wifi capabilities expanding across the country, it seems parents can find their kids (young or old) anytime, anywhere.

In learning about this new mobile world, some parents have taken to texting and may not have necessarily learned the proper etiquette. Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli noticed this, and realized the new text-based relationship with one's parents could make for some pretty funny encounters.

Kaelin and Fraioli started the site WhenParentsText.com, and turned the submissions they recieved turned into the book of the same name, which was released on September 1st.

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans talks to Lauren and Sophia about some of the funny texts they've received as submissions and how cellphones have changed the relationship between parent and child.


Filed under: Cell phones • In Depth • Mobile
October 3rd, 2011
10:42 AM ET

In Depth: 5 best apps to make your life easier

This week on CNN, we're taking an in depth look at our mobile society. With the proliferation of mobile devices constantly connected to wireless networks, it can often seem overwhelming or like people are 'always connected.'

But some people have been able to put that to use, taking their devices and finding applications, or "apps" that simply our lives.

You know the catch phrase: "There's an app for that." It was coined by Apple, and it really underscores the amount of information that is now at your fingertips via your cell phone or tablet.

This morning on American Morning, Gizmodo.com editor-in-chief Joe Brown lists the five essential apps you need to simplify your life.

To read more about the apps mention on the site, visit:
Best app to start your day: Simplenote
Best app for travel: TripIt
Best app to track your money: Mint
Best app for fun: Kindle
Best app to chow down: Epi


Filed under: In Depth • Mobile
September 27th, 2011
09:58 AM ET

In Depth: How can America fix its broken political system?

The Senate reached a bipartisan agreement to end a dispute over disaster relief spending yesterday, ending yet another threat of a government shutdown. This week, CNN is taking an in-depth look at why our political system is so broken.

In a letter to his clients, chief global economist for The Economic Outlook Group Bernard Baumohl wrote that the single issue stalling economic growth "is the failure of governing in Washington at a time when so many Americans are hurting. The political food fight between the White House and Republicans will certainly not hasten economic growth nor create a single private sector job."

Baumohl and Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, join Carol Costello on American Morning today to weigh in on why the broken government is so dangerous and how the dysfunctional political system is impacting Americans.


Filed under: In Depth • Politics
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