Most kids don't tell their parents about bullying. Maybe its due to feeling embarrassed or defenseless, or feeling that nothing can be done, or feeling that they will get in trouble for telling their story. For these reasons and more, parents need to maintain open lines of communication with their child.
It's another fabulous October to celebrate LGBTQ history; coming out of those dark, homophobic, and heterosexist closets; and anti-bullying! I am ending our big gay celebration with these two poems, whic were published in Gay City: Volume 2.
Trophies are handed out to our kids just for showing up. Games are played without scores so no one's feelings will be hurt.
Submit the Documentary was recently released online to help ignite discussions about bullying and cyberbullying. Watch this educational film today and pass it on to your friends, family, school and community.
Should we be throwing the book at these teenagers when they are supposed to be hitting the books? The failures of our legal system to properly address online harassment begin with our schools and with children.
Online messages can be more confusing or scarier than in-person communication because there are no face-to-face cues to help you understand people's intentions. Helping kids recognize bullying will help them learn to better deal with it.
Whatever the plan is, your child will take comfort in knowing that one exists. The more confident you are in your ability to help manage the situation, the more they will be reassured and willing to continue working with you.
A picture of a smiling girl, hair draped across one side of her face, with the hint of freckles, of dimples, of a young woman yet to emerge. But Rebe...
I remember my mom saying that I treated my friends better than my family. Immediately, I knew it was true. My family was stuck with me, warts and all, or so I thought back then.
You are not bad people. You do not have cold and heartless souls that are incapable of feeling empathy. You do not need to be sent away and never allowed to set foot in a school again. No, not based on my experiences.
Thumbs up and thumbs down have become the ubiquitous symbol of like and dislike; good and bad; continuation and end; virtual life and death in our digital world.
The fear a parent feels is more intense than anything that could have scared us before their birth. Our children's pain hurts us 10 times more than them, and we prefer it that way. There is a parental connection I could never comprehend as a child that surprises me still today.
While bullying prevention is certainly an important measure, it neglects the needs of potential victims of suicide. We need more programming to prevent suicide, which is quite clearly a risk factor for those who are bullied.
What role have the parents of bullies played in these cases? Why are parents giving young children smart phones with 24/7 access to social networks? More importantly, why are they not diligently monitoring their kids' online activity?
Should being a teenager or simply existing "come with the job" of being bullied?
Just as sleep plays a critical role in restoring our cognitive functions, the ability to step away from abuse to process, evaluate and take action is essential to mental health. Without that clarity stress can reach a tipping point with alarming intensity.