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Signe Whitson
Signe Whitson is a Certified School Social Work Specialist, national educator on Bullying Prevention, author, and Chief Operating Officer of the Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute. She has over fifteen years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Signe presents training workshops across the U.S. and Canada for parents and professionals on topics related to child and adolescent mental and behavioral health.

In her articles, books, and training workshops, Signe provides down-to-earth, practical advice for navigating the daily challenges of living and working with children, tweens and teens. As a mother of two young daughters, Signe relates to parents on a personal level. As a clinician, she shares her professional knowledge and advice for approaching complex issues, such as coping with bullying, managing anger, and changing self-defeating patterns of behavior.

Signe is the author of "8 Keys to End Bullying: Strategies for Parents & Schools," "Friendship & Other Weapons: A Group Guide to Help Girls Aged 5-11 to Cope with Bullying" and "How to Be Angry: An Assertive Anger Expression Group Guide for Kids and Teens." She also co-authored the book "The Angry Smile: The Psychology of Passive Aggressive Behavior in Families, Schools, and Workplaces, 2nd ed," Check out her Blog at

Entries by Signe Whitson

The Most Important Thing About Bullying Prevention

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 1:01 PM

As a closing activity for workshops and trainings, I often ask participants to make a mantra out of the most important learning moment or strategy they will take from training. I challenge them to capture their mantra in seven words or less. A seemingly simple task on the...

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Is Your Child's Tattling Driving You Crazy?

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 3:15 PM

When my daughter was in pre-school, a classmate named Tommy angrily reported to their teacher "Hannah can jump higher than me. She's not being a good friend." Full of dread and certain she was going to get in "big trouble" (for that is what her young friend assured her was...

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What Does Bullying Look Like?

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 11:18 AM

Whenever I give a presentation on the topic of Understanding & Ending Bullying -- whether to students, teachers, counselors or parents--I always begin by defining key differences between rude, mean, and bullying behavior. The ability to distinguish between degrees of bad behavior may seem like splitting...

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5 Do's and Don'ts of Helping Kids Handle Bullying

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2016 | 3:47 PM

One of the most common reasons parents approach me is to ask for my advice on how to help their child handle a bullying situation at school. Fear for their child's well-being combined with a sense of powerlessness at changing peer dynamics often leaves moms, dads, and other caregivers feeling...

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Bullying Prevention Month is Almost Over; The Real Work Takes Place Every Single Day

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 9:01 AM

Bullying Prevention month is almost at an end, but as great teachers know, the real work to end bullying is not something done in a single month, but rather through every action, every day. In my conversations with faculty and staff about both the struggles and the successes they've had...

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The Baby & the Butterfly: How Struggles Help Your Child Grow

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 5:04 PM

Babies enter into the world utterly dependent on their caregivers. Long days, sleepless nights, and year upon year of loving, playing, feeding, bathing, changing, soothing, teaching, re-teaching, and abundant nurturing are spent by parents, as we help our children meet their daily needs and overcome life's new challenges. The art...

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Getting Your Kids Ready to Go Back to School: An Insider's Look at What Teachers Really Want

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 9:13 AM

Stores are a'buzzing this time of year with back-to-school shoppers and nervous anticipation of the school year that is about to begin. Kids are wondering if their BFF will be in their class and agonizing over important shopping decisions: backpack or messenger bag? Parents are guiltily calculating how many days...

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What My Daughters Teach Me About How to Really Live

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 1:47 PM

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

-Buddhist proverb

As a mom, I am always on the lookout for teachable moments. I'm sure my kids will moan and groan in their teenage years about how "everything with Mom has to be a 'thing'" but I can't help myself;...

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Friends or Frenemies? Understanding Bullying in Schools

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 3:21 PM

In our culture of 24/7 news cycles and social media connectedness, we have a better opportunity than ever before to bring attention to important issues. In the last few years, Americans have collectively paid attention to the issue of bullying like never before; millions of school children have...

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10 Strategies to Help Kids Use Smartphones Wisely and Prevent Cyberbullying

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 3:19 PM

She's been asking for one since she was 8 years old. He's been borrowing yours every day. Both kids have so many after school sports that they really could benefit from having a phone to call you when their practices are over. You've hemmed and you've hawed, but finally you've...

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What Kids Can Say and Do to Stand Up to Bullying

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 5:00 PM

Just when you expect your daughter to step off the bus focused on vocabulary tests and long division, it turns out that what truly dominates her mind after a full day of class isn't rigorous academics, but rather rancorous peer relationships. In the early years of playdates and park trips,...

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

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 3:16 PM

As a school counselor and educator on Bullying Prevention, I am privileged to meet with teachers, administrators, counselors, parents, and students from across the United States and Canada, who generously share with me personal experiences with bullying in their schools and communities. I'm not embarrassed to tell you...

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How to Help Girls Cope With Friendship Conflicts and Bullying

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 4:30 PM

The world of little girls begins as such a lovely place. Heart and rainbow doodles adorn notebook covers, best friendships are formed within seconds, and bold, exuberant voices carry squeals of carefree laughter and brazen delight. Happiness is worn on a sleeve and anger is voiced with authentic candor.


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9 Strategies to Help Kids Cope With Social Exclusion and Friendship Breakups

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 4:39 PM

In their younger years, they were inseparable. They begged for playdates, planned out sleepovers, coordinated afterschool activities, and just seemed to find genuine joy in each other's company. It was a match made in heaven, you observed, and you felt so lucky that your child had found such a positive...

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What Happens When Kids Make Mistakes Online: A Story of Social Media Frenemies

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 1:34 PM

Do you work in an elementary school and think you have a few years before you have to start worrying about cyberbullying? Are you the parent of a little one who can't possibly experience the dangers of texting and sexting since she doesn't own a cell phone yet? If you...

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What Professionals and Parents Can Do When a Child Reports Bullying

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 4:01 PM

I am a licensed child and adolescent therapist and school counselor. By nature, I like to help kids feel better--the sooner, the better for my bleeding heart! When it comes to helping young people cope with bullying, I know that I am not alone in wanting to jump...

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Why a Cell Phone Should Come Before an E-Reader For Your Child

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 8:45 PM

My kids -- and many of my friends' kids -- are at that delicate age where they are asking for cell phones. Well, to be truthful, in most of our households the begging began a good three years ago but now that our kids have begun middle school (read: the...

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4 Rules to Help Kids Stand Up to Bullying in Schools

(3) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 5:08 PM

As sure as kids return to school each Fall in the U.S., bullying will be encountered in the classroom each school year. In these early days of September classes, would-be aggressors are getting a feel for who they think might be an easy mark in the class. As the days...

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5 Friendship Strategies for Your Child this School Year

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Do you have a student in your school or classroom that struggles to connect with his peers? Is your own child frequently on the receiving end of cruelty at the hands of classmates or "friends?" We know that young people who lack social support are particularly vulnerable to being bullied....

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Is Your Child Old Enough to Text and Post Online?

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:55 PM

What is the "right" age for youngsters to begin texting and using social media?

As the Mom of two young daughters and an educator on bullying prevention, I field this question frequently. Truly, there is great debate on the subject among professionals, along with a whole lot...

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