Guest Post: Be More Than A Bystander

Today I’m doing something a little different for you guys. My friend Wendy emailed me and asked me if she could guest post. My answer to that is almost always no but Wendy feels passionate about an anti-bullying campaign and went on to explain to me how she almost lost her daughter. We’re all in this together so it’s my hope that Wendy’s words will touch you as much as they’ve touched me. With only an introduction and with zero editing here is what she has to say. Please listen. …

Q&A with Dr. Susan Porter author of Bully Nation: Why America’s Approach to Childhood Aggression is Bad for Everyone

I haven’t received my copy of Bully Nation yet but I was so enthralled by the title that I just had to do a quick Q&A with Dr. Porter. I’m looking forward to reading it and I’ll keep everyone updated on Goodreads. Every time someone says the word bully in my presence I shudder. I want to ask them a million questions like, “Oh it is an every day occurrence? Thrice a day? Do they have power over you? Is it a large pack of kids? No? Then why did …

What Bullying is and What Bullying is Not

In the last two years the use of the B word has become explosive. In addition to absolutely every blogger ever claiming geek or nerd status in high school (I was fat/unloved/pimply/awkward/alone) they were also bullied. Relentlessly. Of course if 100% of the people you know were bullied someone is lying. Because in order to be bullied someone’s got to have power of them. 100% of the population can’t be powerless, can they? Bullying matters. I think that what we adults forget about the school years (mostly middle and high …

After I Friend My Daughter on Facebook I’m Going to be My Son’s Prom Date

Jane’s big Hanukkah gift this year was Facebook. She’s allowed to be on the social network so long as she uses it appropriately. There are two big rules on Facebook: Everything you write is always public (even if it’s a private message, even if you’ve blocked someone, even if, even if….) You cannot be friends with any adults. (not even Mom and Dad) There was a great article today at Mamapedia about a mom unfriending a nine year old child. The article showed great wisdom in hindsight. A little foresight …

You Weren’t Bullied

Not all of you. It’s simply not possible that every single person I know was “bullied”. It’s possible that everyone felt fragile, and it’s possible that everyone has met a bully. In any event, watch, enjoy, and most of all take 3 seconds and hit the subscribe button on my channel so we can continue the discussion. Do you agree? Disagree? When we tell this many kids that they’ve been bullied does it take away from the seriousness of the situation? I do want to hear your thoughts on this one.