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I Am Not A Target! (BFS/Special Interest/Children/Security)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: B     Main Program: B



Bullying is a major problem and always had been, but beginning in the 1980s, it became worse as the culture encouraged young men to be colder and even more brutal, while teachers and schools suddenly took less and less responsibility what happened on their premises (with the ever-lame “kids will be kids” response) leading up to a cycle of school shootings, the constant cutting of federal funds and taxes, plus sudden corporate sponsorship en masse that undermines the school’s authority further.  Bullying happens outside of school too, of course, and the impressive new program called I Am Not A Target! (2004) is a big step in the right direction in dealing with a problem ignored for too long.


Though the nearly 50 minutes is not accusatory or political, it is very thorough about who bullies, how they bully, why the bully and by the time you are done with the extras, you find out about bully types that even the most attentive adults may not have considered.  Unfortunately, even all the great advice and strategy here will not fix the problem 100% of the time, but it likely will in most cases.  Meredith Gold makes a great host, is very well spoken and very familiar with all the angles, putting her several steps ahead of young predators and what they might pull.  It leaves adults as the authority figures and out of the immediate loop.  When adults encourage their children to act like bullies, including when their carelessness lets that happen, that’s another program.


The 1.33 X 1 image is shot on professional NTSC videotape and has good color, with the usual range and detail limits.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no major surrounds, but is recorded very clearly and playback is clean.  Extras include text safety tips for kids, text instructor profiles and a great full-length program called The ABCs Of Bully Defense that is an excellent companion to the feature show.  This deserves a sequel down the line.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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