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Bullying in School

What My Daughters Teach Me About How to Really Live

Signe Whitson | Posted 07.07.2015 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Over the years, I do believe I have taught my children some great lessons about such things as the importance of kindness, our responsibility to protect the Earth, and the power of love. What is more profound, however, are the lessons my children have taught ME.

Friends or Frenemies? Understanding Bullying in Schools

Signe Whitson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Signe Whitson

It is important to distinguish between rude, mean, and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents, and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene.

What Kids Can Say and Do to Stand Up to Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Signe Whitson

How can you prepare your daughter to effectively cope with bullying in all of its forms, at any point in her day? What follows are four simple, but powerful strategies you can teach your daughter to maintain her personal power, even in a difficult peer relationship:

Why 'Bullying' Is the New 'Little Boy Who Cried Wolf'

Signe Whitson | Posted 03.24.2015 | Education
Signe Whitson

It is important to distinguish between rude, mean and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene. As we have heard too often in the news, a child's life may depend on a non-jaded adult's ability to discern between rudeness at the bus stop and life-altering bullying.

How to Help Girls Cope With Friendship Conflicts and Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 03.14.2015 | Parents
Signe Whitson

The friendships that are so easily formed between girls during their youngest years quickly become complicated as early as the elementary school years. Adults play the key role in teaching kids about healthy friendships and supporting them through the inevitable pains of toxic ones.

What Professionals and Parents Can Do When a Child Reports Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

True helping does not necessitate rushing in to solve all of a young person's troubles single-handedly, but rather implies a process in which an adult guides a young person to solve problems independently and with dignity.

4 Rules to Help Kids Stand Up to Bullying in Schools

Signe Whitson | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Assertive responses are particularly effective in countering bullying because the child who masters this type of direct, emotionally honest communication demonstrates that a bully's attacks will be answered in a fair, but formidable way.

5 Friendship Strategies For Your Child This School Year

Signe Whitson | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Just as you would offer individualized instruction and run though extra practice problems with a child who lagged behind in math, commit to spending extra time offering a socially-awkward child extra practice with friendship-building skills.

Is Your Child Old Enough To Text And Post Online?

Signe Whitson | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

In this world of instant messaging and constant contact, you may be tempted to say whatever comes to your mind in a given moment. Don't do it!

Three Strategies for Building Classroom Culture and Stopping Bullying in Schools

Signe Whitson | Posted 07.05.2014 | Education
Signe Whitson

The teachers who are most effective in stopping bullying are the ones who work purposefully and systematically to create classroom cultures in which kindness is valued over coolness.

The One Phrase Every Parent Needs To Share With Their Child

Jennifer Boykin | Posted 05.02.2014 | Fifty
Jennifer Boykin

A friend mentioned recently that her young daughter had had her first encounter with mean girls at school. The girls were being girls and, although they had all been 'best friends forever' yesterday, today it was her daughter's turn to be the group's pariah-du-jour.

What 9 Percent of Adults Say Has Happened to Their Kids

Larry Magid | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents
Larry Magid

In a new survey from Harris Interactive, 9% of adult respondents reported "My child or a child I am at least partly responsible for has been or is currently being bullied in school." Only 2% said "My child or a child I am at least partly responsible for has been accused of bullying in school."

6 Reasons Why Bystanders Choose Not to Intervene to Stop Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

For kids, who are often in the very best position to stop the bullying that occurs in their midst, the barriers to intervention are very real and quite formidable. What follows are six of the most frequently cited reasons that young people give for why they choose not to intervene to stop bullying.

5 Things Adults Need to Know About Cyberbullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 12.04.2013 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Before the advent of social media networks, cell phones and unlimited text plans, young people who were bullied in school could count on hours spent at home as a respite from ridicule. Today, kids are connected to each other 24/7/365.

12 Dos and Don'ts for Stopping Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Bullying is a phenomena that has existed in the shadows for too long; its exposure to the light of day is the critical first step in stopping it.

What Does Assertiveness Have to Do with Stopping Bullying?

Signe Whitson | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Unlike the aggression that underlies bullying, assertive behavior does not depreciate or cause harm. Rather, assertiveness is a healthy way of defining personal boundaries.

How Can We Help Children Become 'Upstanders' to Bullying?

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

The common denominator of all types of bullying is a lack, or erosion, of empathy. Nurturing empathy, a potential that is present in almost all children, is therefore at the heart of interventions to prevent bullying.

Anti-Bullying Plea Packs Viral Wallop

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.04.2013 | Parents

His son said he was being bullied at middle school, so Matthew Bent fought back on Facebook. Now, the Kaukauna, Wisc., dad's plea to end school bul...

Teen Sues School Districts Over Alleged Bullying

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 03.18.2013 | Teen

A New Jersey teenager is suing two local school districts for not doing more to stop the relentless bullying he allegedly endured from fourth grade un...

Bullying and Body Image: How Bullying Leads to Eating Disorders

Tennie McCarty | Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents
Tennie McCarty

Bullying can have long-lasting results on the bullied, and in some cases, may lead to eating disorders, according to UK Charity Beat.

WATCH: How One Principal Convinced A Bullied Student To Stay In School

OWN | Posted 02.14.2013 | OWN

For years, John McDonogh High School has been hampered by low academic performance and stigmatized by a culture of violence. The challenge of bringing...

Words Matter! Using Kid's Books to Celebrate No Name-Calling Week at School and at Home

Signe Whitson | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
Signe Whitson

Turns out that while sticks and stones can break your bones, words, too, can really hurt. In honor of proving that out-of-date childhood adage incorrect, the week of January 21st-25th has been set aside as No Name Calling Week.

Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences

Signe Whitson | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

It is important to distinguish between rude, mean and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene.

When Friendship Is Used as a Weapon: Revealing the Hidden Nature of Relational Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
Signe Whitson

By the early school years, most youngsters have experienced unspoken -- but not unsubtle -- acts of social aggression that shake the carefully laid foundations of their self-image and beliefs about friendship.

'I Was Bullied For Being Skinny'

| Posted 10.22.2012 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Youth Communication, a nonprofit organization that helps marginalized youth develop their full pote...