January 30, 2017

Bullying has become one of society’s biggest reasons for teen angst and suicide.  I am interested to hear and understand your views, perceptions and experiences with bullying of any kind.  I believe that the face of bullying has changed dramatically with social media.  Text and messages and snapchat have lead to a whole host of issues especiallly relational aggression, feeling left out and alone.  Plus it’s SO easy to say something hurtful via text than face to face.. oh and then say “JK” just kidding.   I have read a lot and feel that this topic is under discussed at schools and homes.  Kids are often left feeling alone yet just a click away from a twitter feed, instagram or snapchat… they are feeling more left out than ever, more isolated and turning more to the internet than to their friends and family.  We need to support our kids.. all of them..the  weird, the loners, the geeks, athletes, social butterflies and the whole lot of KIDS that we love!   Start the conversation early, teach your children inclusion, that being different is ok, that worshipping a different god or looking different is what makes us an amazing, diverse country.  We need compassion, inclusiveness, and acceptance.   Some good reads for parents are Rosalind Wiseman’s Queen Bees and Wannabees ( the book that inspired the movie Mean Girls), Odd Girl out by Rachel Simmons, The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School–How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle by Barbara Coloroso,and the website www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org (a very sad story of real life bullying and its aftermath).  I hope we can continue the conversation and really start to help our kids feel good about themselves and perhaps save a life.