It's easy, for instance, for a parent to access their child's name and Social Security number, then open up a phony account--even if the victim is literally a child. Most companies don't check the ages, so that's why this crime can go undetected for years.
I often hear this "hit back harder" advice from adults who are recalling their own playground brawls from 20, 30, or 40 years ago. The simplicity of this advice fails to consider the complexities of the bully-victim dynamics of today's digital world.
Shame + embarrassment + grade school. These three words unfortunately seem to go together don't they? Now add in social media's catch fire respons...
I can't accept any longer that crude sexual language, gestures and jokes are merely a harmless manifestation of pubescent development. We can and must educate and empower girls -- and boys -- to stand up to the language and behavior they will inevitably encounter.
Believe you have an excellent relationship with your youngster? Positive your elementary or middle school child is communicating when things are really bothering him or her? Convinced you can tell if they are being bullied? Think again!
We need to teach them how to handle their emotions, how to cope with being well and truly angry or upset and how to communicate and express themselves in a healthy way
Kids today have far too much responsibility ahead of them to be pushed down before they've even learned to tie their own shoes. While the logic behind it may seem reasonable, it's NEVER okay to publicly shame a child.
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.