Category Archives: Bullying/Cyberbullying

When teasing goes too far

Do your kids resonate with 13 Reasons Why? Do they ever feel, or have any friends who feel bullied, teased, mocked, or pushed too far? My longtime blog readers might remember me talking about a book I have been writing … Continue Reading

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Parenting Advice from Mom of Columbine Killer

Tonight at 10PM ABC’s Diane Sawyer will be interviewing Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold. If you’re a parent, do not miss this interview. I’m fascinated by this interview, not only as a student of youth culture whose … Continue Reading

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3 Steps Preventing Bullying and Gossip

MOVING TEENS FROM COMPASSION TO ACTION- WITH A YOUTUBE VIDEO AND SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS YOU CAN USE! “Lord, will you please help all the kids who are bullied around the world.” That was my nephew’s prayer. A few years ago … Continue Reading

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The Dark Undercurrents of Bullying

I’ve been taking time off work for a few weeks during Christmas break to not only spend as much time as possible with my family, but also to finish writing my first fiction novel, a story about a school shooting … Continue Reading

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5 Ideas to Help Your Kids be Smarter Than Their Smartphone

Last night my wife and I saw a friend at a Christmas party who I hadn’t seen in months… at least face-to-face. But immediately I complimented her on her Thanksgiving decorations and asked how her daughter’s b-day party was last … Continue Reading

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Shy, Teased, Isolated…Teen Killer?

Why? It’s the one question no one can really answer at this moment describing the rampage 16-year-old Alex Hribal embarked on yesterday at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA. One can only speculate. His attorney is saying he is … Continue Reading

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Keeping Social Media Safe

“Should I allow my 13-year-old to use Twitter?” It happens after every parent workshop I teach. Parents line up with specific questions. “Is Instagram bad? Should I let my teenager have her phone in her room at night? “Should I … Continue Reading

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Young People and Selfies

Smile! “Aren’t we cute?” Within seconds the selfie pic is posted to Instagram, and Tweeted to her 326 followers. Just another emblematic snapshot from the life of today’s teen. Five years ago we didn’t even know the word “selfie.” Fast … Continue Reading

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A Heart for the Unnoticed

Do you notice that kid who seems to disappear under the radar? In the shadow of a tragic teen suicide, and a weekend training youth workers to notice and connect with teenagers, I was pleasantly surprised by a film that, … Continue Reading

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R.I.P. baby sister

“I just love being straight up ignored when ever I need you.” It was the last thing she posted on her Facebook page. Then she went to her high school the next day and hung herself in the school bathroom. … Continue Reading

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