Archives for September, 2012

Bullying

“Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents, and Communities…” On Sale Now

The film "Bully" propelled this topic into the forefront of our nation's mind. Bullying can no longer be minimized, disregarded and ignored. The dialogue continues on how to best address this issue in school communities. More and more resources are available to help educators, students and families address this topic. My belief is that regardless of what programs a school community puts in place,...
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It Takes a Village to Battle a Bully

Whitney Kropp, a sophomore at Ogemaw Heights High School in Michigan, was recently voted in as part of the homecoming dance court. For many teen-aged girls, this is an exciting way to start the new school year. For Whitney though, her election on the court was part of a cruel prank a la many a teen movie.

This prank is only one example of the bullying Whitney has encountered; she's been ridiculed both in...
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Bullying

Say, “Ohm….” Yoga as a Means to Prevent Bullying

As a yoga practitioner for 10 years I was delighted to read this post about yoga as a prevention tool against student violence. Rob Schware interviewed Dee Marie, who founded, Calming Kids (CK): Creating a Non-Violent World. CK has run pilot groups to prove that yoga indeed can help young people!

A tenant of yoga that I learned early on in my practice was compassion - compassion for myself,...
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Walking Around with a Target On Your Back

The New York Times and our own site reported earlier this week that young people who are autistic are far more likely to be bullied than other children. Why is that?

Autism falls under the category of pervasive developmental disorders, a group of disorders that manifest in delays or a lack of development of social and communication skills. We don't know why these disorders occur. The...
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Bullying

Back to School and Back to Bullies? Not This Year!

The weeks following Labor Day bring the start of a new school year. For some students, there is a palpable excitement to return back to school, to see friends and swap summer vacation stories and meeting new teachers. For others though, the there is a fearful hope that maybe this year is the year things will be different.  Since bullying is in the forefront of public consciousness, let's work to make our...
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