Archives for August, 2012

Bullying

Even Gold Medalists Get Bullied

Gabby Douglas won my heart -- and I'm sure others -- during the Olympic Games this summer. Her ever positive attitude and clear dedication to the sport is evident with her team gold medal and All-Around gold medal. She quite admirable. Yet, she was bullied by other gymnasts.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Gabby and her mother shared how she wanted to quit the sport if she couldn't...
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“Letters To My Bully,” A Lesson in Empathy

Huffington Post blogger Kergan Edwards-Stout posted an interview with Azaan Kamau, editor of the new anthology,"Letters To My Bully." Mr. Edwards-Stout wrote the preface to the anthology as well as a letter to his own bully. He was the target of cruel bullying for years after coming out as a gay teen.

After reading Mr. Edwards-Stouts letter, I sat teary-eyed at my desk. Empathy. It was powerful, poetic with a twinge of sadness and regret. His voice, as well as the thousands who...
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Bullying

Plastic Surgery to End Bullying?

You may have already heard about 14-year-old Nadia Ilse, who got plastic surgery after years of torment for having "elephant ears." Kids are cruel! Yet, as I read several different articles/blogs about Nadia, I wondered if the surgery circumvented an important process to unfold which could have lead to a "bully free" environment for in that community.

Dr. Vivian Diller eloquently stated her concerns, which I share, in the ABC...
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Bullying

A Little Inspiration to be “Stronger” from Megan Landry

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While away, I received an email from Megan Landry. She is a 15-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter who wrote the song, "Stronger." In her email she said:
I wrote this because of a personal experience. I did the video myself too. I was not going to let them break me. Reality: if it shows that it bothers you, they'll just do it more. I hope this will help those that are starting to feel torn down —...
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Archive: Bullying is Bad for Your Health

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"Beating the Bully" will be taking a summer vacation and will be back blogging on August 13th! Until then I'll have some of the most read posts up for your enjoyment.

We all know bullying is unhealthy for one's emotional well-being, but a new study from Sweden shares its findings on how bullying from adolescence can affect one's physical health into middle age. Researchers have discovered that teenagers who are ostracized at...
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Bullying

Archive: Standing Up for Your Child at School

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"Beating the Bully" will be taking a summer vacation and will be back blogging on August 13th! Until then I'll have some of the most read posts up for your enjoyment.
"It's in my job description as your mother to keep you safe," is how one mother in a group of parents I've been working with explains why she does what she does. The question that plagues parents is: is my child safe...
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Bullying

Archive: My Child is a Bully…Now What?

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"Beating the Bully" will be taking a summer vacation and will be back blogging on August 13th! Until then I'll have some of the most read posts up for your enjoyment. Much of what is written about bullying focuses on what to do if your child is a victim. Little is written on what to do if your child is actually a bullyWhen parents find out their child has been bullying others, I...
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