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Kelly Ripa To Young Girls: Don't Define Yourself By Your Middle & High School Years

Thu, March 15, 2012 4:59pm EDT by HL Intern Add first Comment

Forget about those popular kids! Kelly encourages young boys and girls to set their own path through middle school and high school — Read on to see what advice Kelly has for teens everywhere!

Kelly Ripa joined CNN’s Anderson Cooper to help host a special screening of the controversial film Bully, along with The Weinstein Company & Bing at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York on March 13, and Kelly had advice for today’s young teens struggling with the pressures of bullying. “What I would tell girls that are feeling like they’re not fitting in or they’re struggling or they’re desperate to be accepted by the cool kids is you don’t need to fit in,” Kelly told EXCLUSIVELY.

The host of Live! With Kelly says she warns her own three children about “peaking” while only in middle and high school: “Kids that peak in those grades, where they’re the queen of the hop and the bell of the ball, they’re invited to every party, it doesn’t really take them beyond that.” she said.

Kelly wants teens everywhere to know that it might be tough now but the best is yet to come.

“Your adult life is going to be the thing you should enjoy and that you will enjoy,” Kelly said.

But Kelly admits that she’s constantly learning about the perils of bullying, even from her children. A simple class assignment of crumpling a piece of paper and trying to smooth it back out taught her kids how their words and actions will always have lingering repercussions.

“You can apologize all you want,” she said. “But the marks are indelible, and they’re there, you can’t fix them.”

Many celebrities are speaking out on the issue of bullying and for the film Bully. The film hits theaters March 30 and you can learn more about the campaign and the film by clicking here!

What are you doing to stop bullying in your community?

— Reporting by Chloe Melas, Written by Emily Morgan

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