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GCPS launches new TV series

LAWRENCEVILLE - As part of Gwinnett County Public Schools' initiative to inspire parents to be there for their children, the school system is launching a new television series on GCPS TV, an educational access channel.

The program, "Parentvision," premieres at 7 p.m. Monday with repeat showings at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The first episode, "The Teenage Brain," focuses on new scientific research showing how the adolescent brain is different from the adult brain, according to a news release.

"This program explores topics related to raising teens in the 21st century," said Greg LaHatte, director of broadcast and distance learning. "Each episode takes andin-depth look at this 'millennial' generation and helps parents understand the issues facing teens today."

Hosted by Collins Hill High School counselor Margaret Cheeley, the half-hour show will include preproduced reports and on-set interviews with counseling and advising experts, as well as Gwinnett teens, the news release states.

Upcoming episodes include:

· "The Internet Generation," which will focus on social networking Web sites such as MySpace, Facebook and YouTube. The episode will air at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 to 21.

· "Affluenza," which will explore the term used to describe the concern that parents are raising a generation of children who are spoiled, entitled and bored. The episode will air at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 to 28.

· "A Matter of Degree," which will explore the various reasons students don't attend school, from feeling alienated to feeling pressure to support their families. The episode will air at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 to Oct. 5.

GCPS TV can be watched by AT&T subscribers on Channel 21, Charter subscribers on Channel 22 and Comcast subscribers on Channel 24 or 26.

SideBar: If You Watch

· What: Parentvision, a series produced by Gwinnett County Public Schools

· When: The series premieres at 7 p.m. Monday, with repeats airing at 7 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

· Where: AT&T: Channel 21

Charter: Channel 22

Comcast: Channel 24 or 26