Imagine your child sitting in the safety of your own home, doing homework, watching TV, curled up in bed — just being a kid. Suddenly, a message pops up on his phone: "Everyone hates you." Or maybe your daughter spots a social media post calling her vicious names along with a traumatizing — and false — rumor about her that's already gone viral. It's a nightmare that happens all too often as cyberbullying reaches epidemic proportions.
Anti-bullying conversations and curricula sometimes "wimp out" by avoiding uncomfortable questions, like "How do I feel about a boy wearing a dress?" or "What are gender norms? Do we have to follow them?
Parents, let's face it. Our children's social lives are more complex, more challenging and frightening than ever before. The playing field is rapidly expanding and evolving with social media. This brings many benefits such as real time global connections, building social skills, along with increasing risks, creating spaces for cowardly anonymous bullies to taunt and tease their victims.
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When I was 13 years old, I went to a dance at our local teen center and I was so excited to have a good time. I had decided to just have fun, and yes, I danced. I danced until I overheard a bunch of guys laughing at me, saying, "What is Ally doing dancing, she's so fat!"
Those of us with our eyes hopeful on the Supreme Court today must realize that the future of LGBTQ rights is bound up with the civil rights and human rights of all people, across town and across the globe.
Passing a law is often not enough; resources must be provided to help schools understand both what they're required to do and what they need to do to actually prevent bullying. Senators must consider whether their goal in adding bullying to the ESEA is to simply "send a message that bullying must be addressed" or to actually see reductions in bullying.
Alan Bounville walked 6,000 miles for gender-identity and sexual-orientation equality. But what happened early on in his walk, at a small grocery store in a rural town, is what led him to one of his most memorable experiences.
Tell Facebook ranters to STFU because they have zero effect on your decision-making process. If they argue, set them free. Unfriend them, block them, cut them loose forever. You can do it.
Help your young person understand that this gift of a smartphone is qualitatively different than presents of the past. A smartphone is not a toy; it is a tool.
Our military depends on you just like you depend on our military; it is after all, your military. For all the faults I just listed, I still believe we have a military and veteran community, including their families, we should be proud of... let's keep it that way, by reducing, if not eliminating cyber bullying.
How is it that a society so protective of children offline has left them largely unsupervised online? On this virtual playground, where kids are being unleashed at increasingly younger ages, their activities are pretty much unsupervised.
Eager to champion anyone who speaks out against gays, blacks, women, Hispanics and especially Muslims, these people will point guns at federal officers, write checks to bigoted restaurant owners and vote in extremist politicians who in turn vote for heinous hate legislation like the kind we saw in Indiana.
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The increased presence of youth online has raised serious concerns about the safety of Internet and social media use.
I promise that you will find that if you let go of the past and leave it behind where it belongs, you will finally allow for living in the present and focusing on the positive and will know what happiness truly is.