CBS Chicago News came to the house today to interview me about my bullying work for a story on problematic social media apps such as YikYak and Burn Book.
My four-year-old daughter thought they were coming to interview her about winning first place in her first ice skating competition yesterday. She ran to put on her ice skating costume and grabbed her trophy.
When the doorbell rang, my little one answered the door with her trophy hidden behind her back and a huge smile on her face. I quickly pulled aside the anchor to explain what my daughter thought was happening.
They made a fuss over her trophy and chatted with her for a few minutes. Then they filmed an interview with me about bullying trends. For half an hour, my daughter sat there silently watching and keeping perfectly still, waiting for her interview.
Despite their busy production schedule, the crew from CBS then sat down with my four-year-old and conducted an “interview” with her about her figure skating program, skated to the music of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Anchor Mai Martinez made my baby girl feel important and proud of her accomplishment.
We often hear stories about television journalists chasing down a story at any cost. Today, I witnessed the decency of some journalists who just wanted to make a little kid’s day. It made my day, too. (Just don’t tell my 7-year-old, who also skated a lovely program in her first competition yesterday and would have loved to show them her trophy, too. It’s hard to be the middle child who is at school when the excitement happens at home!)
Check out Carrie Goldman’s award-winning book Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear.