#Virtues: A Taking Action Special Report on Social Media Responsibility

Posted on: 3:24 pm, February 19, 2014, by , updated on: 08:10am, March 3, 2014

In the video player above, watch #virtues, WHNT News 19′s 30-minute documentary on social media responsibility.  The special is posted in five parts.

WHNT News 19 produced this documentary in partnership with Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Connect Class 16.  It initially aired March 1, 2014.

We will re-air #virtues on Saturday, May 10 on WHNT from 4:30 to 5 p.m. and on WHNT2 from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

This Taking Action Special focuses on the importance of teaching students social media responsibility. A local teen shares her story of being cyberbullied, and middle school and high school students give candid examples of how social media impacts their lives in both positive and negative ways. School counselors share how they are helping students navigate the digital world.

Parents – how do you make sure your child is not the bully, or victim?  What are the latest social media tools kids are using and adults don’t know about?

We explore these topics in #Virtues.  Our goal is to give parents and educators the tools to teach our future generation how to use social media in a virtuous way.

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  • We spoke with middle school students in Huntsville City Schools as part of #Virtues. They share how social media plays a role in their lives. In the photo, some of the students wear 'No Place for Hate' shirts - this is the campaign Huntsville City Schools are using to wipe out bullying. (WHNT News 19)

  • More social media apps teens are using. (WHNT News 19)

  • A Decatur girl shares her story with us of being cyberbullied. (WHNT News 19)

  • These are some of the anonymous Tweets the girl received. (WHNT News 19)

  • WHNT News 19's Michelle Stark is our host for #Virtues.

  • In #Virtues, three counselors from Huntsville City Schools share insight on how social media impacts their daily jobs helping students. (WHNT News 19)

  • Some of the latest social media apps teens are using. (WHNT News 19)

  • Michael Andrews is the school services coordinator for the NOVA Center, which provides mental health services for children in our community. He discusses some of the reasons kids bully others. (WHNT News 19)

  • In #Virtues, WHNT News 19's Venton Blandin spends the day with a school resource officer to see how social media impacts lives inside and outside the classroom.

  • Dr. Dee Fowler, Superintendent of Madison City Schools, talks about how his system uses social media in a good way. (WHNT News 19)

  • Dr. David Copeland, Superintendent of Madison County Schools, shares the story of how social media caused a rumor to get out of hand at a local high school. (WHNT News 19)

  • WHNT News 19's #virtues documentary is in partnership with Redstone Federal Credit Union and Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Connect Class 16.


  • jamison jones says:

    Can’t help it. Every generation has its own curses and blessings. Facebook, twitter, the i-phones and what not are the ‘biggest’ curse of this generation and this era. Back in the day, we talked ‘live’ to others. We never ‘hid’ behind anything. Communication was proper, warm and rewarding. Nowadays, its if you don’t have the guts to tell it to their face, you hide behind facebook, twitter and all that other crap!

  • Jan Lamar says:

    actually I think everyone should take a course in social media including the news stations. I have first hand experienced when we had a tragic death(s) in our family recently a family member found out by the address on a mailbox that was filmed for breaking news..please when your “breaking news” consider the family first instead of your ratings

  • Mrs. Rogers says:

    Thank you, Michelle and all who worked on this special report. Please run this segment again in August before school begins. Thank you for all you do at channel 19 to help our children remain safe.

  • Bob says:

    The term “Taking Action” sound so cheesy and sensationalistic.

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