Kids are expelled for drugs or carrying knives. They are given detention when they swear or wear the wrong shoes. So why is racist bullying not taken as seriously? Why do many teachers close their eyes to name calling and "small" scuffles?
Every parent has concerns about children's health and safety, but sometimes it helps to know that you are not alone. The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital publishes a national (US-wide) poll based on an annual survey, and this year's results are as revealing as they come.
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.
I lived in St. Louis for 44 years until I was relocated last year for work. So instead of learning the details of this tragedy from my familiar local news community, I learned from stories by folks who were less familiar with my hometown and there was a difference in the detail.
In the last four years we have changed the conversation and brought the issue of bullying to the forefront. But we need to stop just talking about bullying and engaging in superficial action.
It is time for us to turn the bullying conversation around. We have seen that targeting bullies does not work, so we need to find a new approach.
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!
Your daughters may feel pretty or less than pretty, but I think that what they are really asking is whether or not they are acceptable and fit in.
To stop and end bullying really means setting social norms and sticking to them and making sure there are real consequences for bad behavior. It requires focus and persistence, but change occurs one step at a time.
Linda held on to her love for Barry Manilow's music quietly over the years until -- with Facebook -- she was able to transform her love for Barry's music into a new world of friendships and experiences.
This is what your kids want you to know about the bullying experience, but might never tell you. You see, they don't want to upset you, disappoint you, worry you and are even concerned that you might not be interested.
Some people might look at this photo and see a fat girl. I see a girl who fought many demons, dealt with many medical problems, wanted to give up on life but crawled her way back inch by inch to see that life is wonderful, and in fact, decided to# BeBrave and believe in herself.
In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...
How could I go back and face that lunch table with no ally, no disguise, no excuse to hide behind? I was always hiding, and I suddenly realized I was sick of it. Why should I hide, I thought, when none of this is my fault?
The summer offers a respite from school bullies, but does this break from bullying have to end because the summer ends?
I began to think my value was based on being the best all the time. I stopped resting or doing things that were fun. I became afraid to speak my mind in fear that others would be mad at me.