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Teen Kids News (Episode 1348)

21 minutes

Welcome to Teen Kids News. I'm Brandon. Let's begin with our top story.

This report is brought to you by the National Road Safety Foundation. There's a lot you need to pay attention to when driving a car, but there are things we may not see coming. Have you ever gone over a hill or around a bend and found yourself in a dangerous situation? There was a giant truck blocking me, and I couldn't see anything. And when I turned the corner, I stopped short and almost hit a child. Yeah, it was scary.

(Nicole) I'll bet. That's why the National Road Safety Foundation produced a new video called... It alerts young drivers to the dangers of blind curves and blind hills.

[tires screech]

You have to be careful of what's in front of you. You never know what's around that bend, over that hill.

(Nicole) To help get that message across, students and teachers at Old Bridge High School are taking part in a video. What we're gonna do here is the first scene. The director explains that rather than having cars crash, the video uses common situations in school to illustrate the dangers of poor line of sight. Action! Time code is 13:18:13. In this scene, a teacher is pushing a cart too quickly, and she can't see what's coming.

(director) Cut! Nice!

(Nicole) Of all the scenes shot, everyone's favorite was the one with the cakes.

(director) Here we go. Standing by. This is the big one. Action!

I demonstrated how, when you can't see, you're gonna crash. So I got the cake all over me.

(girl) It was a good example of-- smaller metaphor-- of what an accident could be with a collision with two cakes instead of two automobiles.

[cake squishing] squish

And I was completely covered in vanilla frosting. It was a pretty fun way to display a pretty serious situation.

(director) We got it! If you slow down and make sure you have proper line of sight, blind curves and hills should be a piece of cake. Check out the finished video at... For Teen Kids News, I'm Nicole.

[pencil scribbling]

[car door closes]

[engine starts]

[horn honks]

[pencil scratching]

[seat belt clicks]

[pencil scribbling]

Hey! Oh!

[clicks] Whoo-hoo!

[horn honks]

[seat belts clicking]

It's a painful subject for teens, but singing and dancing might help. I'll have the story. For too many kids, bullying is an ugly fact of life. One in five high school students are bullied on school property. That doesn't even count what happens at the mall. Add in bullying by text and online. Clearly, bullying is an issue. As Monika reports, in a number of schools, a unique program is taking center stage.

(Monika) Outside, it looks like just another day at the H.C. Crittenden Middle School. But inside, the students are getting ready for a special performance.

[show tune music]

♪ Summer's over, and you know what that means ♪

♪ We're going back to school ♪♪

The New Kid is an anti-bullying musical. It stars kids in all of the roles, which is cool for the kids watching, so they can relate to it. It tells a story of a new kid at school and the challenges he faces trying to fit in.

♪ I'm the new kid, like I don't even have a name ♪

♪ But I think I know this game's first rule ♪

♪ They say, "Hey, you, kid" ♪

♪ And even though I'm shy ♪

♪ I just look up and say, "Hi" ♪

♪ Real cool ♪♪

There are four groups. Everyone's supposed to belong to one of them. There's the brainiacs, who wear blue, and they're the smart girls in the school. There's the mods, who wear yellow. They're the popular and the mean girls. And the geeks wear purple, and they're obviously the geeky boys. And the gangstas are two boys and one girl, and they push everyone around and wear red.

[rapping] ♪ This here's Shawn, and she's my main man ♪

♪ You mess with her, you'll be in pain, man ♪

I'm Samantha, and I wear black because I got kicked out of being in any of the groups.

♪ Popular, You're not popular ♪

♪ Ooh, what you wouldn't trade ♪

♪ If you want to absolutely have it made and be popular ♪

♪ Oh, so popular ♪

♪ It's the greatest feeling in the world ♪♪

(Monika) Random Farms Kids' Theater produces the show. They stage performances at various local schools. You see those kids over there? The brainiacs, doing homework during recess.

(Monika) The audience is both entertained and educated. They learn that bullying can take many different forms. For example, making kids do things that are plain wrong. Because you can get close, copy the homework and get it back to me. Dre, the bully, he gives Zack, the main character, three tests. And the first one is that he has to copy homework from another group of kids, the brainiacs. The second test was that he had to kiss a girl he didn't really know. Your nails-- Are you gonna kiss me or what? I...guess? Should I take out my gum? The third test is that Zack has to beat up a geek named Louis. He's not really comfortable doing that because it's one of his good friends, so it's kind of a very uncomfortable situation.

(Monika) Maybe things don't always work out, but they do in the play. Everyone realizes that to be themselves, it's better than just to be fake. And no matter if someone doesn't like you, just be true to yourself, and stay with who you really are.

[band music] [audience cheering]

(Monika) Even when the curtain comes down, it's not over. An important part of the program happens next. The cast comes back onstage, and the audience gets to ask them questions. I think the audience is getting how we're trying to tell them a very important lesson about bullying. So they're gonna say, "Maybe I was being a bully."

(woman) What is a bully? Or who is a bully? I love seeing how the kids react to the show, 'cause I really love how they're like, "Oh, my God! I really was moved." And it's great that we're actually making a change or difference in what kids think.

(Monika) Some cast members were once in the audience themselves. I decided to join the play because it sent out a good message. It was something I've wanted to do, because I've been bullied.

(Monika) Students told us they're more determined to stand up to bullying.

There's even a term for it-- being an upstander. An upstander is somebody who takes a stand for someone who's being bullied. They don't just stand by. They speak out, defend, and help them. We can go tell an adult, or say, "Stop." They've got the right idea. If we had more upstanders, we'd have a lot fewer bullies. Cheerleading requires much more than just chanting and waving pom-poms. Many of the stunts are similar to gymnastics and just as dangerous. In fact, cheerleading causes about 37,000 visits to the emergency room each year. To increase safety, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that cheerleading be considered a sport, not just an activity. Designating it a sport means that coaches would be required to undergo additional training, and that would reduce the number of injuries. Three cheers for that. We've got more to tell you about on Teen Kids News. Back in a minute. "Speak of the Week" is when we hear what you have to say. Here's this week's question. When it comes to paper money, the bills printed by the U.S. government have two things in common: they're the same size, and they portray images of men. The Treasury is planning to change that. By 2020, they intend to put a woman on the $10 bill. What do you think? It's time we have a woman on any bill. As long as it doesn't increase the price of the currency, if the currency is valued the same, it's fine. There should be a woman on the $10 bill. There isn't a lot of female representation in the government, so, yeah. I don't think it's necessary. It's part of our history and doesn't need to be changed. They should, because there's just been men on it for the whole time, and as, you know, our society evolves, so should our currency. Just about everyone agrees that women have earned a place on our currency. Here are some of the names being considered-- Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who helped guide the Lewis and Clark expedition. Susan B. Anthony and Alice Stokes Paul, suffragettes who campaigned for women to have the right to vote. Harriet Tubman also fought for women's suffrage. She's better known for helping African-Americans escape Southern slavery. Rosa Parks refused to give her seat on an Alabama bus to a white passenger, earning the title "The First Lady of Civil Rights." Two women on the short list were fliers: Amelia Earhart, the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo, and Sally Ride, America's first female in space. Who would you like to see on the $10 bill? A name going around is Rosa Parks. It would be a woman and a black person, so that's great. I think Harriet Tubman. Susan B. Anthony. Maybe... Mrs. Obama? It should be Eleanor Roosevelt or Harriet Tubman. I don't know. I'm sure they'll pick anyone good. Eleanor Roosevelt should be on the bill. I'd nominate my mom. She's a good, strong figure. Every mother should have such a loving son. While many of us may want to nominate our own moms, the Treasury is looking for women who've had more of a historical impact, particularly on democracy. And one more thing. They can't still be living. Currently on the $10 bill is Alexander Hamilton. Whether he'll be replaced by, or joined by, a woman is still up in the air. Women haven't always been given short shrift on our paper money. More than a hundred years ago, the treasury printed bills sporting pictures of Pocahontas and Martha Washington. Since then, the only women on our currency were on coins. But as Bob Dylan wrote, "The times, they are a-changin'." And, frankly, it's about time. With "Speak of the Week," I'm Eric. Global warming is melting the sea ice in the Arctic, and that's putting animals like the walrus in danger. Sea ice is critical for all parts of a walrus's life. Females give birth and raise their pups on the frozen expanse. Adults use the ice as a diving platform to go after the fish they need to survive. And that, strangely, brings me to Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland. Almost 150 years ago, he wrote what's called "nonsense verse." Surprisingly, some of it seems to be coming true. Pigs still don't fly, but our seas are warming up. And that's not nonsense. It's actually something we have to take very seriously. There's an entire history lesson in a state flag. You just need to know what to look for.

[military drum solo]

In 1681, the King of England gave land in the New World to an Englishman named William Penn. Since the area was rich in forests, it was named Pennsylvania, Latin for "Penn's woods." Pennsylvania is a wonderful agricultural state. Actually, 30% of the state is considered agricultural land. That's represented on the state seal. The state seal is featured on the flag. There are corn stalks, sheaves of wheat, plows. Above all this is a ship, and that's meant to represent the importance of Philadelphia as a port city.

(male reporter) The flag's blue background represents loyalty and justice. It's the same color blue found on the American flag, which originated in Pennsylvania.

(Howe) June 14 is Flag Day in the United States. That's because, in 1777, the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, and that's when they accepted the first-ever American flag.

(reporter) The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were also written in Pennsylvania. Despite these contributions to our federal system, Pennsylvanians did not want any government to have unlimited powers over their state. So, emblazoned across their state flag is the motto, "Virtue, Liberty, and Independence." And here's another influence Pennsylvania had on colonial America: when William Penn drafted the state's first constitution, he included religious freedom for all. That provision became the model for one of our nation's most precious rights. With "Flag Facts," I'm Harry.

[bat cracks]

[crowd cheering]

Walk-off home runs are always dramatic for any baseball team. A walk-off home run is when a team wins a game on a home run in the final at-bat. This has happened twice in World Series play to win. The first time was in 1960. In the bottom of the 9th, Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski hit a home run off Yankees relief pitcher Ralph Terry. That was the Pirates' third World Series crown. In 1993, the Toronto Blue Jays won their second consecutive World Series on a walk-off, three-run, World Series-winning home run by Joe Carter. I'm Matt with Teen Kids News. Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? If you've never actually had a white Christmas, don't feel bad. Neither have a lot of people. For example, 95% of the people in India have probably never seen snow. That's more than a billion people. Using weather conditions, a world almanac, and logic, one enterprising person came up with a global estimate. Almost half the people on our planet, 46%, have never had an up-close and personal encounter with the fluffy white stuff. Think of that next time you're asked to shovel the driveway.

(man) This report is brought to you by Allstate Insurance.

(woman) Allstate is out with its Best Drivers Report. Roadway fatalities are at their highest point in a decade. Our Best Drivers Report looks at collision trends with a goal of raising the discussion on safe driving.

(woman) Who takes the top spot?

(Shapiro) Brownsville, Texas, is America's safest driving city, followed by Kansas City, Kansas, and Madison, Wisconsin.

(woman) Allstate reminds drivers to keep a safe distance, limit distractions, and never drink and drive. For more, go to...

Learning how to create things with balloons is a great skill. It's also a great way to make some extra money. Sandi Masori, America's top balloon expert

and author of The DIY Balloon Hat Bible, shows us how. You've said that a great place to set up to sell balloons is in a public place, like a park. What is the best sculpture to make there? I, personally, love hats. Hats are so visual, colorful. They become a walking advertisement. The thing is, being an entrepreneur is not just having skills to make money, but also knowing it's marketing, knowing where to go. A park is a great place. How do you know if the park is gonna be busy? When you pull in, you can see if there's kids there. Another way is if there's several ice cream trucks there. There's some parks in my area where there are four ice cream trucks. There's gonna be a ton of kids. As soon as you make the first balloon hat, you're gonna draw a crowd. You might even call a kid over and make the first one for free, not looking for tips. They're gonna be your billboard to get you more. So I'm gonna show you just a simple hat, two-balloon hat. Really effective, but really simple. We start with a fully inflated balloon. Let some air out so it's not too tight. Put a bubble in the end. Wrap it around your head. Measure the head of the person. And then I'm just gonna squeeze and twist. This is a basic stick hat. We have the stick going up. I'm gonna take a second balloon and twist. Make a bubble, and twist it onto the stick or the bubble at the bottom. I'm going to spiral these two together just like that. Squeeze and twist. Bring this extra piece to the back. I'm gonna make a bubble. And squeeze and twist. Then I'm gonna bend and shape it. Here we have something that's fast, easy, fun, and will bring a crowd to you. Cool! And there are countless hat designs. They're only limited by your imagination...and skill. For Teen Kids News, I'm Emily. That wraps up our show. Tune in again to Teen Kids News. Bye for now. Accessibility provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

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In this episode, the top news story highlights the importance of paying attention while driving. The National Road Safety Foundation reminds teen drivers that not all obstacles are visible when driving. The episode also brings attention to bullying and showcases a unique anti-bullying program. Other segments include cheerleading, global warming, baseball facts, and balloon art. Part of the "Teen Kids News" series.

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