Date: Mon, 01 Nov 1999 12:32:28 -0600 (Central Standard Time) From: Susan Takata Subject: The Fight to Fit In (fwd) X-X-Sender: To: Criminology Fall 1999 Cc: Jeanne Curran Message-id: MIME-version: 1.0 Content-type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII Original-recipient: rfc822; fyi susan ***************************************************************** Professor                               Dept of Criminal Justice 370 Molinaro Hall                       Phone: (262) 595-2116 E-mail:                  FAX:   (262) 595-2471 University of Wisconsin, Parkside, Box 2000, Kenosha, WI 53141           ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 01 Nov 1999 11:46:55 -0500 From: Earl Appleby Reply-To: To: Subject: The Fight to Fit In Peers can exert considerable pressure, particularly on impressionable children seeking to fit in. When Nickelodeon teamed up with Time magazine last summer to conduct their "State of the Kids" research, they discovered that 59% of children worry about fitting in with other children at school. Why can it be so hard for some children to make friends? Why do some fit in and others don't? What makes a kid popular? Where do cliques and bullies figure in? What does it feel like to be an "outsider"? Does it last forever? How can an "outsider" turn into an "insider"? And how much should it really matter? At 6:00 a.m., November 29, Nickelodeon will re-air its Nick News Special Edition "The Fight to Fit In" as part of Cable in the Classroom. Hosted by news anchor Linda Ellerbee, the program addresses these questions and offers  children suggestions on how to make friends, avoid bullies, overcome shyness and find ways to put popularity in perspective. Ellerbee is joined by Dr. Michael Rich, a pediatric instructor at Harvard Medical School. The program reflects how fitting in impacts children at different ages. For example, the "State of the Kids" research found younger children (6-8) were more likely than older children (9-11) to say that being a good friend and being good at sports makes them fit in. As children grow older (12-14), they are more likely to say that fitting in involves wearing the right clothes and being good looking. Resources: Nickelodeon provides a lesson plan for educators at For further information, please call Jean Margaret Smith, Nickelodeon's Vice President of Public Affairs and Administration, 212-258-7564.