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Stateside: New cyberbulling law; kids not getting mental health help; what “business-friendly” means

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Starting in March, cyberbullying will become a misdemeanor crime that could result in jail time and a hefty fine under Michigan law.

Today on Stateside, Michigan's new cyberbullying law goes into effect next month, but will it actually make kids safer from online harassment? Plus, a recent study from the University of Michigan finds that tens of thousands of Michigan kids and teens aren't getting the mental health treatment they need. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Will Michigan’s new cyberbullying law make kids safer? Not necessarily, says expert.

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Stateside’s conversation with Sameer Hinduja

  • Starting in March, cyberbullying will become a misdemeanor crime that could result in jail time and a hefty fine in Michigan. That crime will be considered a felony if the cyberbullying leads to the death of a victim.
  • Sameer Hinduja is the co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida Atlantic University. He joined Stateside to talk about whether laws like the one in Michigan actually stop cyberbullying, what kinds of interventions do have an impact, and the unintended consequences of making more young people part of the criminal justice system. 

Exhibit explores how the Cold War and youth culture shaped Saugatuck-Douglas

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Stateside’s conversation with Kimberly McKee

  • The exhibit “Stories of Summer," on display at Grand Valley State University, focuses on the cultural evolution of the southwest Michigan beach towns of Saugatuck and Douglas dating back to the Cold War era. Kimberly McKee, director of the Kutsche Office of Local History at GVSU, tells us more about how the project went about capturing "everyday stories." 
  • You can check out “Stories of Summer ” now through March 14.

Study: More than 40K Michigan teens and kids not getting mental health treatment

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Stateside’s conversation with Daniel Whitney

  • A recent report from University of Michigan researchers found that more than 40,000 Michigan children and adolescents aren't getting the mental health treatment they need for depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
  • Daniel Whitney, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan, co-authored the study. He breaks down the details of the report, and shares what parents can do to better communicate about mental health with their children.

Do big and small companies get the same benefits from “business-friendly” policies?

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Stateside’s conversation with Doug Rothwell and Rob Fowler

  • We’ve reached out to business owners and leaders around the state to get their views on what the term “business friendly” really means in Michigan. Doug Rothwell is president and CEO of Business Leaders of Michigan, and Rob Fowler is CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan. They weigh in on what the term means to them, and on what the state is — and is not — doing to be more “friendly” to businesses both large and small.

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