FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 6, 2000
For more information, contact
Phyllis Parish, Senior Producer, (919) 821-8646 or
Cindy Sink, Promotion Manager, (919) 821-86436
WRAL-TV Responds To The Governor’s Youth Violence & School Safety Task Force
Raleigh, NC — In direct response to recommendations made by Governor Jim Hunt’s Task Force on Youth Violence and School Safety, WRAL-TV kicks off the New Year with candid conversations among pre-teens and teenagers to encourage parental involvement in the lives of their children.
On Monday, January 31st at 7:30pm, WRAL-TV will air a locally-produced special “They’re Talking…Are We Listening?” During this special, WRAL’s Pam Saulsby and Yvonne Simons give pre-teens and teenagers an opportunity to open up and share their thoughts on parents, peer pressure, school violence, religion, sex and more.
“This program gives you a chance to share in an honest conversation with kids, reflect on their ideas and hopefully be stimulated to talk and listen more openly with your own children,“ explains producer Phyllis Parish. According to the Governor’s Task Force final report, “parental involvement is extremely important to make schools a safe environment for teaching and learning.”
Throughout this year, WRAL-TV’s For The Children campaign will air public service announcements, weekly news stories during the 5pm newscast, and locally-produced specials to encourage parents to “listen” to their children and become more involved in their lives — at home and at school.
“We can learn so much from our young people, if we just take time to really listen to them. But the key is to listen with an open mind, not in a judgmental way, which can sometimes be tough for parents, such as myself,” said For the Children reporter, Pam Saulsby. Wake Med and Alltel are yearlong sponsors of WRAL-TV’s For the Children campaign.
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