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Celebrity causes: Dr. Phil takes on cyber-bullies

There's nothing new about celebrities speaking out about issues that affect their fans. Lately, we've seen a trend of celebrities popping up in Washington. Celebrities want to appear before Congress, and members of Congress feel they need the help of big names to bring issues to the public's attention.

Today, therapist and T.V. talk show host Phil McGraw, better known as Dr. Phil, was spotted. Dr. Phil appeared before the Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities, chaired by U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY). He was there to discuss cyber-bullying.

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"I invited Dr. Phil to serve as witness on this panel because he has brought a national voice to this issue," said McCarthy. "He has focused on the issue of cyber-bullying on his show, raising public awareness on the issue; especially to adults, many of whom still may not realize just how widespread cyber-bullying has become."

McGraw said when he was growing up, he and his friends had dreams about the "wild wild west" but now all attention is focused on "the wild wild web," where cyber-bullies are taking to incessant and hurtful attacks on others. McGraw said it's up to parents to educate their children about the effects of bullying and be aware of whom their kids are talking to and what they're talking about online.

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In Baltimore, there have been recent conversations about bullying. The Baltimore City Council's Education Committee held a hearing last week on bullying. It's an issue statewide, said Maryland's First Lady Katie O'Malley, who recently celebrated "Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week."

She said, "Continued dedication to bullying intervention is an essential element to Maryland's educational mission and our state's future." For more information from Dr. Phil on cyber-bullying see his website or visit the Maryland Department of Education's website.

Photo courtesy of U.S. House Education & Labor Committee


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