What I'm seeing in my youngest son is both sad and predictable: His growing consciousness of social rules is turning into a growing self-consciousness, and I wish I could stop it. I know I can't, but at least maybe I can give them some tools to help.
If you have a daughter, don't just talk to her about being a good person, get all up in her business the way you do with grades, sports, nutrition and safety. Every morning say to her: Be someone's discovery of kindness in the world.
Anyone who is truthful about their childhood remembers instances of bullying in one of two ways. They were either the victims of violence themselves or they had been unwilling witnesses to a bullying incident. The fact is, bullying has been an unfortunate fact of life for too many generations of children.
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.
With millions of students returning to schools across the country over the coming weeks, dedicated educators and concerned parents must work together to find a solution to the U.S. bullying epidemic in order to establish safe learning environments for all students.
Placing LGBTQ students in a "risk" category -- positions the group of students identifying as LGBTQ as a potential "problem" for the school that requires a solution, rather than as a group of students bringing untapped assets and strengths into the school community.
Like me, many teens feel isolated and alone when coming to terms with their sexuality and often can't tell their parents for one reason or another. But this unfortunate reality places our teachers in an even more vital role in our children's lives.
I wish that parents of transgender kids had more opportunities to pass on family traditions, but we are more often struggling with daily survival. It makes me very sad.
When you act from a place of kindness, you act from a place of confidence and I believe when you stand up for what you believe in, when you act from a place of love and kindness, those teachers, those mean girls, those negative role models will just fall to the wayside.
Unfortunately, because asthma doesn't present us with any external tangible existence, adult sufferers are often maligned at the office. Burton Rocks is on a mission to help people with and without asthma and I can't think of a better representative.
School bullying statistics in the United States show that about one in four kids in the U.S. are bullied on a regular basis. For these kids, the thought of soon going back to school, won't bring about happy and cheering faces.
Emotional injuries don't heal with Neosporin. They can lead to self-perpetuating conditions (self-starvation, cutting), a hypo-cortisol awakening response and more reports of pain disability and health problems for bullied kids.
In late June in Buenos Aires, the U.S.'s leading LGBT youth and education advocacy group, GLSEN, and UNESCO hosted a historic convening of groups from 20 countries to discuss cutting-edge research and activism that supports the lives of LGBT youth in K-12 schools globally.
Why didn't anyone figure out until now that bullying starts at home, that the same kids who torment their classmates practiced on their siblings?
I am reminded of my shameful past with the word "bully," and of my hope that the more my community widens its tent to include other, "different" types of Jews, the more we will come to ask ourselves: What's so wonderful about being the same as everyone else?
Conversations about sexual and gender identity are still highly contested terrain in the field of education, and LGBTQ remains the one area of inclusion still largely unaddressed in all areas of public K-12 education.