I think the word bullying is overused in general -- with both adults and minors. We see the word being used inappropriately or out of context in many cases today... I think society has co-opted this term, which is sad, because it is actually weakening it and people are not taking it serious as they should.
I understand that Switched at Birth is a soap opera. Yet, with ABC Family's history of great edutainment programing and its campaign against cyberbullying, it is disappointing to see so many misguided messages about how to handle bullying.
Instead of filtering content that our children can access, let's start filtering our own words, decisions and actions in their presence.
I spotted something on Facebook the other day that caused a parenting flashback. A woman posted how her overweight husband was at a school function when at some point during the festivities, her young daughter whispered in his ear and asked him to please leave. Why? Some of her classmates were commenting on his weight, calling him things like "fatso."
What has been somewhat restrained as this debate rages on is that, as is the case with so many other mass killers, Rodger may have been a victim of bullying during his adolescence.
For kids, summer means freedom and spending time with friends but that extra time on their hands can also mean more time to find trouble and where else but on the internet?
If you're not aware of the hottest current digital device debate, you're probably not a parent or an educator.
Instead of criminalizing bullying, we must work to prevent bullying before it starts by creating safe and supportive school climates and providing consequences that help restore and repair relationships and environments, preventing bullying from continuing.
It took between 48 hours to 1 week for 47 percent of people who reported the online harassment to get a response from social networks, ISPs, law enforcement, etc. This could seem like an eternity to those who are scared for their lives. So how do we create safer, healthier campaign spaces online?
In every large democracy of our time, little seems to be left to chance, with both national and trans-national laws and policies relating to every aspect of our life. The Internet however, is still much debated and a sort of grey area.
When you first see model Brittany Mason, you can't help but be captivated by her beauty, charm and infectious smile. When she enters a room, all heads...
I believe that technology is inherently neither good nor bad. But neutral does not mean it is benign. As with most things in life, technology is healthy or harmful depending on how it is used.
When I hear stories from generations who did not have social media, computers, and cell phones, the act of bullying didn't seem so bad. It was character building....if someone was mean to you, you had two choices.
I don't know a single person who hasn't experienced mean people or bullying at some point in their lives and it's only gotten worse with the internet, which as we know is terrifying for parents. This isn't an isolated problem, it's a global epidemic and we believe Lizzie's story will be a conduit for that conversation and for real change.
This week I talked with filmmaker K. Rocco Shields about her multiple-award-winning viral short Love Is All You Need?, which is about to become a full-length feature film. The concept of the film follows the life of an ordinary heterosexual girl who is bullied in a world where everyone is gay.
I am writing this for all businesses (and people) who have been hurt by mean-spirited individuals on the internet including our beloved employee.