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Girl Bullying

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

Signe Whitson | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
Signe Whitson

By the early school years, most youngsters have experienced unspoken -- but not unsubtle -- acts of social aggression that shake the carefully laid foundations of their self-image and beliefs about friendship.

Pigtail Power!

Posted 11.02.2012 | Teen

Fifteen-year-old Maisie Kate Miller has been picked on by bullies before, and she didn't let it get to her. But when a tormenter at school made fun of...

When Do Jokes Become Bullying?

| Posted 10.24.2012 | Teen

By Stephanie Kuehnert In fifth grade there was this girl, Paulette,* who was short and round, like a kickball, and really blonde and pale --practic...

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

Signe Whitson | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Here are five "Stop and Think" rules I offer to parents as they are first teaching their kids about netiquette.

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

Signe Whitson | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

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 in the class.

Counteracting Bullying through Compliments

Sanah Imran | Posted 07.22.2012 | Teen
Sanah Imran

A girl at my school started a "compliments" Facebook page, in which compliments that anyone submits about anyone else can be posted anonymously. In the first night, over 70 were posted!

What Parents Can Do About Cyberbullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 06.30.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

I remember with clarity the day my daughter "discovered" the internet.

Confessions From Former Middle-School 'Mean Girls'

Posted 04.19.2012 | Teen

"Every girl in this school wants to be someone else." - Bridget, 13 Let's face it: For tween girls, middle school can be a total war-zone. Bet...

BFFs, Frenemies, and Mean Girls: Teens Look Back On Middle School

Whitney Joiner | Posted 06.19.2012 | Teen
Whitney Joiner

While we all experience friend issues (and they don't go away when you hit adulthood!), for most girls, middle school is the time when the highs and lows of the friendship rollercoaster are most pronounced.

Yes, We Are Talking About It More! That's the Good News about Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 06.18.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

The media's recent focus on bullying has given untold numbers of victims -- past and present -- a voice to share their experiences, now that they finally realize that they are not alone.

Top 8 Flicks That Fight Bullying

Marissa Piazzola | Posted 03.10.2012 | Teen

By now, you've probably heard about the controversy surrounding the documentary, 'Bully,' and its R-rating by the MPAA, but 'Bully' is not the only bu...

Girl Bully Meets Passive-Aggressive Mom: Game On!

Signe Whitson | Posted 05.05.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Believe me, I don't need you to tell me that my actions in the following situation were wrong. I know it. I chose it. That's right -- like most passive-aggressive people, I was aware of what I was doing and yes, I took a little pleasure in it.

What to Do When Your Daughter's Friend Is a Bully

Signe Whitson | Posted 05.01.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

When kids understand what a healthy friendship should look and feel like, they are best equipped to extricate themselves from friendships that are toxic and damaging.

4 Michigan Students Suspended For Distributing 'Skank List'

Patch | Posted 02.17.2012 | Home

This month, dozens of Dearborn families got an unwanted letter in their mailboxes: a so-called "skank list" with their daughters' names on it. The ...

'I Was A Teenage Bully': 8 Stories From Real Girls

| Jenny Zhang | Posted 01.28.2012 | Home

Trying to talk seriously about bullying is hard. The word alone sounds cheesy. As part of Rookie’s continuing series on bullies, and how we are the...

Words Matter! Using Kids' Books to Celebrate No Name-Calling Week at Home

Signe Whitson | Posted 03.21.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Turns out that while sticks and stones can break your bones, words, too, can really hurt you. In honor of proving that out-of-date childhood adage incorrect, the week of Jan. 23-27 has been set aside as No Name-Calling Week in schools across the country.

The Best Bad Report Card Ever: Why I Delight In the "Minus" on My Daughter's Report Card

Signe Whitson | Posted 03.06.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Recently, I met with my four year-old's pre-school teacher for a scheduled school conference. After the niceties and pleasantries were exchanged, the teacher slid a report-card-like rating sheet across the desk.

What Moms Can Do About Mean Girls

Signe Whitson | Posted 02.11.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

To be forewarned is to be forearmed; when parents know what to look for when it comes to methods of girl bullying, they are in the best position to help their daughters cope with it.

What Parents Need to Know to Protect Their Kids From Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 01.12.2012 | Parents
Signe Whitson

"Taking a long view" is difficult for young people who, by their very nature, live in the here and now. Teaching kids to think about the future is a critical factor in helping them move past the torturous moments of the present.

Sticks and Stones: A Little Girl's First Experience with Bullying

Signe Whitson | Posted 11.19.2011 | Parents
Signe Whitson

My daughter had her first heartbreak at the tender age of four. The good news is that children are resilient and can move on.