As a culture, let's really look at why we are accepting of 'confession pages,' and the proliferation of apps such that make it easier than ever for social cruelty to spread like a cancer into the hearts and minds of young people.
The media's focus on social media apps in this case detracts from the bigger conversation about kids' behavior online, and what we as parents must teach our kids about life on and offline.
Hawaii loves volleyball. It is our state's sport. We play indoor, grass, and beach volleyball. In fact, Duke Kahanamoku and friends invented the sport of beach volleyball on the sands of Waikiki beach back in 1915.
Texting is a huge part of the American teenagers' lexicon. Some savvy schools are starting to take advantage of this technology and how frequently teens use it.
That is a human being in that picture. A person who got up that day, got dressed and left the house without ever thinking it would make her the subject of public ridicule, simply because her shorts are too tight.
When students are bullied or don't feel safe in school, they cannot perform their best or simply don't come, and indeed, higher rates of truancy and lower GPAs have been documented among LGBT students.
I want to counteract the hate, silencing and fear with love. I want love to be the face of the equal rights movement for the LGBTQ community. I want to fill the world with love. Imagine what that could look like.
We wanted to talk about it. What follows comes from a Gchat conversation between me (raised by two moms in the Northeast) and Todd Dakotah Briscoe, who's gay and from a "red state" and kind enough to share his story.
Child identity theft is a growing problem. It is cruicial for businesses to make sure any personal information they collect for children is properly protected.
So what is bullying? Everyone's definition is different just like everyone's experience is different. Bullying is subjective. Yet, this is problematic when our "solutions" to bullying require the definition to be objective.
My school and I are pounding down that painful wall of bullying so others can be free. I am excited for this school year and I will use my courage to not be a passive bystander.
Today's youth are inseparable from their smartphones, computers and social networks. When our kids, especially teens, spread their wings into the world of social media, it's important for them to understand how to be upstanding digital citizens.
We must face the fact that in the year 2013, despite or maybe in part because of the progress that we have seen in marriage equality and LGBTQ rights, it is dangerous for a gay or transgender person to walk down the street in any city or town in the United States of America.
More than 50 million Americans have reported being bullied at work at a point in time in their career. I myself am included in this number.
There have been times where I've had to back-peddle and explain the unintended ignorance of comments I've made in life. I'm sure there are other people out there that can say the same; everyone has their flaws.
Regardless of a person's moral views, it is a fact that humans have a diverse array of sexual orientations and gender identities. Sex education ought to be accessible to people of all of them.