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February 08, 2016

Bullying Starts At Home

I've been saying this for years, in knowing the characteristics of most bullies. It starts at home.  Kids just don't wake up feeling the need to hurt others, for no reason at all.  An aggressive child who intentionally chooses to prey on innocent people and targets them to gain some sort of satisfaction most likely was bullied themselves. An abusive parent inevitably can turn his/her own child into an abuser.  You know the saying, we can choose our friends, but we can't choose our family. Behind the closed doors of a toxic home with a toxic parent lies the children who can't escape the pain. Emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse. It all starts somewhere. Unfortunately, it can begin in the same place you'd think your children are the safest. Not.

February 05, 2016

Talking To Your Teen About Sexual Bullying

In order to discuss the topic of sexual bullying with your son or daughter, you must first be able to recognize the verbal and physical signs. Common for both genders, girls like to talk about sex as do boys. Anything that's considered sexual bullying falls into certain categories. For example, sending sexual messages that makes either the boy or girl feel powerless, uncomfortable or intimidated is considered sexual bullying. Sexual comments, jokes or rumors are examples of verbal sexual bullying. Touching and/or grabbing are signs of physical sexual bullying. Intentional or not, girls and boys can be sexually threatened by these unwanted behaviors.  It's important for parents to discuss these different behaviors with their kids, keep an open line of communication with them, before it's too late.

January 29, 2016

Bullying That's Making the Headlines

Cleveland School in Tennessee is adopting a digital bullying reporting system, whereby middle school students use a reporting app called STOPit to report incidences of bullying. While this may be considered a deterrent for different forms of bullying, I'm not quite sure this system will accurately report. If you ask me, students are capable of abusing the app and making unworthy claims.  The up side? In cases of drugs or violence, it may be easier to report and prove, whereby reducing student crime.

February 02, 2016

UCLA Uses Findland Success Model to Help Students

There are hundreds of anti-bullying programs out there that are used in elementary and middle schools across the nation. What makes this one different? With more than 70 schools and over 7,000 students in a case study in Findland, the KIVa anti-bullying program has proven to be one of the most effective in the world. Kiva in Finnish means "nice", and because this program uses role-playing and skits to encourage students who are normally bystanders to participate, it encourages them to feel more empathic and supportive towards children who are bullied and threatened. Because this program is helping students to be kinder towards one another, it's now being tested in other countries.  


I personally feel that role-playing is an extremely positve and effective tool for teaching kids ways of acting out real life scenarios. It helps them gain a more concrete awareness of what it really feels like to be tormented, ridiculed, excluded and targeted by perpetrators. What could be more helpful than teaching children how to be more empathic? Bravo to the authors of this successful study, one including a UCLA grad student, and plans for this anti-bullying program to be evaluated here in the U.S.!

February 03, 2016

High School Musicals to Tackle Bullying

Singing, dancing, acting? How do these play into helping to resolve the pandemic issues of bullying in schools? One group of high school kids from Wisconsin get a standing ovation from the audience and "break the hate habit" to stress the severity of bullying and the impact it has on their peers.  Touching to say the least.  The interactive musical allows for students to express themselves regarding depression, suicide, and even transgender issues. This is how positive change is created. One community and one school at a time.

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