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Signe Whitson
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Signe Whitson is a licensed social worker, writer, and Chief Operating Officer of the Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute. She has over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Signe presents training workshops across the U.S. 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 with over 10 years of experience, 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 "Friendship & Other Weapons: A Group Guide to Help Girls Aged 5-11 to Cope with Bullying "(coming November 2011) 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 www.signewhitson.com.

Entries by Signe Whitson

10 Strategies for Stopping Cyberbullying

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:17 PM

It's a fact of life in the 21st century that kids are connected to each other 24/7. A generation ago, young people who were bullied in school could count on hours spent at home as a respite from ridicule. Today, kids are ever-connected through texting, instant messaging and social media...

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How to Respond to Your Child's Angry Outbursts

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 1:26 PM

Several weeks ago, I had to pick up my elementary school-aged daughter early from school for her annual flu shot. I made the appointment as late in the day as I could to accommodate my work schedule and to minimize the time she would miss from class. As most parents...

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The Gift That Keeps on Distracting: 5 Rules for Your Kid's New Smartphone

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 5:53 PM

'Twas the most wonderful time of the year and after much consideration, you decided to buy your child a smartphone for the holidays. Now, the challenge begins: How do you ensure that he uses it wisely? Here are five guidelines to promote respectful, responsible use of your child's new gadget:

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6 Reasons Why Bystanders Choose Not to Intervene to Stop Bullying

(4) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 12:50 PM

In October, National Bullying Awareness month came and went. As a parent, a school counselor, and an author on the subject of bringing an end to bullying, it is my hope that the 31 days of media coverage shined a helpful spotlight on a painful, often shameful issue among school-aged...

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5 Things Adults Need to Know About Cyberbullying

(2) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 2:36 PM

According to a recent study by the Cyberbullying Research Center, approximately 20% of kids aged 11-18 say they have been victims of online aggression. In a world of catastrophic headlines and sensational sound bites, these numbers don't actually sound so bad, but take the time talk to any...

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12 Dos and Don'ts for Stopping Bullying

(11) Comments | Posted September 8, 2013 | 10:58 AM

Tomorrow, I will put my daughters on the bus for their respective first days of school. Today, I am letting them sleep late, just one more time, as a last hurrah of summer. While they rest, I am reading news online and can't help but notice dozens -- literally dozens...

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What Does Assertiveness Have to Do with Stopping Bullying?

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 2:18 PM

Round-the-clock internet availability and 24/7 cell phone access gives kids the opportunity to be in touch at any (and every) moment. For many tweens and teens, it is a thrill to be able to connect with friends beyond the school day or a traditional curfew. For those who are targeted...

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The Decisive Element in the Classroom: What Successful Classroom Teachers Do to Stop Bullying

(5) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 12:13 PM

"I've come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my personal approach that creates the climate." --Haim G. Ginnot, Between Parent and Child

Classroom teachers have everything to do with stopping bullying. There. I said it. I often hesitate to make this assertion...

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Passive Aggressive Minds Think Alike: Hidden Anger Among Siblings

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 2:31 PM

Siblings without rivalry are like thunder without lightening. The two just go together, although some storms are more damaging than others. One of the most common sources of family conflict has to do with sibling jealousies and all of the ways that envy rears its ugly head -- from physical...

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The Angry Smile: Recognizing and Responding to Your Child's Passive Aggressive Behavior

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 9:30 AM

How does a mother explain how her preschooler remembers every detail of an episode of The Backyardigans, but can't for the life of her "remember" where the puzzles go at clean-up time? What's really going on with a fourth grader who quotes verbatim the whispered conversations of faraway classmates, but...

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'Can't You Take a Joke? Whatever!' Six Passive Aggressive Phrases to Recognize (and Run From!)

(6) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 10:12 AM

Call it hostile cooperation. Recognize it as compliant defiance. Feel the sugarcoating on the hostility. Label it what you will, but know it when you see it -- passive aggressive behavior is a deliberate and masked way of expressing feelings of anger (Long, Long & Whitson, 2008). Passive aggression involves...

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

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 12:06 PM

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. Schools all over the country will observe the occasion...

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What Can Your Child Learn from Having a Hard-to-Please Teacher?

(9) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 6:00 PM

"Stay on task."

It is one the most frequently repeated messages of a classroom teacher. As both a parent and a child and adolescent therapist, I feel precisely the opposite way. Some of the most valuable conversations I ever have with kids come when they stray from the task...

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Is Your Child a Limit-Tester? How to Avoid No-Win Conflict Cycles

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 11:30 AM

Tina was asked by her mother to lead her two younger siblings to the bathroom in a crowded restaurant. As the oldest child in her family, the 10-year-old was accustomed to helping out with her little sisters, though she sometimes resented the extra responsibility. Initially, Tina waited for her sisters...

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Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences

(10) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 7:23 PM

A few weeks ago, I had the terrific fortune of getting to present some of the bullying prevention work that I do to a group of children at a local bookstore. As if interacting with smiling, exuberant young people was not gift enough, a reporter also attended the event a...

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

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 10:03 AM

From time to time in my conversations on the subject of girl bullying, a polite, yet skeptical person will ask me if I think that all of the recent media attention paid to bullying has caused professionals to cite incidents of bullying where perhaps only rudeness exists. I answer quite...

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In an Age of Internet Cruelty, 5 Rules of Netiquette For Kids

(5) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 11:42 AM

What is the "right" age for youngsters to begin texting and using social media? As the Mom of two elementary school-aged daughters and an educator on girl bullying, I field this question from parents all of the time. Truly, there is great debate on the subject among professionals,...

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10 Small Things Educators and Youth Care Professionals Can Do to Make a Difference in Bullying

(3) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 5:19 PM

Bullying among school-aged children is widely regarded as an epidemic problem in the United States. If there was a one-size-fits-all solution to the problem, it would have been suggested and implemented long ago. You wouldn't be thinking about it and I wouldn't be writing about it. Getting a...

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The First Bell Has Rung! 4 Rules to Help Your Student STANd Up to Bullying

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 6:05 PM

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

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One Mom's Tale of Getting Ready on the First Day of Kindergarten

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 12:20 PM

Until this moment, I have only shared this embarrassing factoid with my husband, but as I am sitting here, reflecting on the nervous anticipation that parents feel before sending their kids to school for the first time, it seems only fair to share with fellow Moms my anxiety-fueled wardrobe malfunction...

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