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Exposed | Teaching Tolerance

Exposed | Teaching Tolerance | Bullying | Scoop.it
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The atrocious art of cyber-bullying is constantly evolving...  This article details current underground ways cyber-bullying is being perpetuated and harming all involved.  For parents, teachers, anyone  - stay informed!

 

One in 10 junior high and high school students has had embarrassing or damaging photos taken of them without their permission. An equal number reported feeling “threatened, embarrassed, or uncomfortable” by a photo taken of them, specifically a photo taken with a cellphone camera. An MTV-AP study on digital abuse reports 39 percent of teenagers engage in sexting, including video, images and text. And one in five students has sent sexually suggestive or nude photos of themselves to others, reports the Cyber Research Bullying Center."

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Why We Shouldn't Call People Bullies

Why We Shouldn't Call People Bullies | Bullying | Scoop.it
The truth about bullies.
Lisa Catania, LCSW's insight:

Thank you to the person who shared this link with me! I totally agree - abusive power and fear dynamics are considered bullying amongst children, and are aggressions that need to be addressed and healed on the personal and societal basis!

Be an upstander - we need to show up everyday and speak up in the face of injustices, and plant seeds of love and acceptance in it's place.

Peace, Lisa

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Bullying, Harassment, & Civil Rights | StopBullying.gov

Bullying, Harassment, & Civil Rights | StopBullying.gov | Bullying | Scoop.it
In this video, leaders from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice define and describe what harassment is.
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"The video is designed to help schools, parents, and others who interact with kids understand the differences between harassment and bullying, and their legal obligations with respect to both.

Schools have a responsibility to create safe learning environments for all students. When harassment is based on a protected class and creates a hostile environment, schools have an obligation under federal civil rights laws to take action. Please use the resources identified in this video to support your own efforts to address harassment and help us all build safe, supportive learning environments for our young."

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Bullies or Best Friends? The Challenge of Interpreting Interpersonal Relationships - Cyberbullying Research Center

Bullies or Best Friends? The Challenge of Interpreting Interpersonal Relationships - Cyberbullying Research Center | Bullying | Scoop.it
Discusses the challenges of defining bullying when often our best friends treat us in ways that could be defined as bullying.
Lisa Catania, LCSW's insight:

Another excellent article from cyberbullying.us - socially accepted aggressive norms often bring power and dominance issues into friendships - where does the line get drawn.  I love the author's personal reflection of these dynamics from his adult peer group:

 

"Most of the comments were accompanied by laughter by many in the group, including the one being roasted, which may have masked the maliciousness of the malarkey. But we’ve learned through our conversations with teens who bully that a lot of bullying behaviors are done by young people who think they are just joking around. So I actually found myself wondering, after particularly punishing digs, whether some of the comments made that night might have crossed an imperceptible line. And if this boundary is difficult for adults to identify, how can we expect teens to know when something is taken too far? This is especially challenging because oftentimes targets of ridicule do in fact respond with laughter publicly–in an effort to save face–while privately they are really hurt by what was said."

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Imagine - YouTube

It's difficult for most adults to imagine what it's like to be bullied day after day at school, on the bus, and online. The results can be tragic. Fortunatel...
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This video helps connect you to the devastating impact of bullying and daily struggle for someone experiencing it.  Watch and show it to others!

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Beautifully Different by Charisse Hogan - YouTube

My name is Charisse and I have Cerebral Palsy, Low Tone and Ataxia. This is a poem I wrote, Beautifully Different. For 2 weeks I been working on the drawings...
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Thank you to Jeremiah's Hope for Kindness for sharing this.  Beautifully illustrated and beautiful message - bullying happens but you can transcend it - you, and all of us, are beautifully different and unique.  Accept, don't judge!  Thank you Charisse, for being a guiding light!!

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Sheri Munsell's curator insight, September 23, 10:51 AM

Beautifully written poem about overcoming bullying and finding the strength to see your beauty in your uniqueness. Always keep fighting and stay strong and we will be here to help.

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His Classmates Thought Making Fun Of Him Made Perfect Sense, But Then A Senseless Thing Happened

His Classmates Thought Making Fun Of Him Made Perfect Sense, But Then A Senseless Thing Happened | Bullying | Scoop.it
What a story.
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Music video created by the artist from his own experiences - well produced and deeply touching.

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{ u n t i t l e d } pt. 1

Based on true events, { u n t i t l e d } pt. 1 depicts the story of a young girl, Kate, who is constantly bullied by two girls at her school. This harrowing tale…
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Well acted short film (17 minutes) that depicts the devastating effects of relentless bullying.  Difficult to watch because it is unflinching in it's depiction of bullying events and the targeted child's descent into pain and self-injury. 

 

Unfortunately, bullying like this does happen.  And, girls can be this mean.  And, bystanders can be swept up by group dynamics and join in abusive behavior.  We cannot leave anyone, let alone children, alone with this kind of experience and pain.  Please be an upstander, every minute of every day.  If you know of a child who is being bullied - please pay loving attention and get them help - it doesn't just go away...   Peace,  Lisa

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10 Tips For Dealing With Bullies At Work

10 Tips For Dealing With Bullies At Work | Bullying | Scoop.it
How do you know whether you're being bullied, or simply dealing with a difficult boss or co-worker?
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Bullying exists in all environments and in all phases of life. This article helps identify and cope with workplace bullying:

"The clearest sign is that bullying is something that happens again and again -- it's not just your boss having a bad day every once and a while.

The abuse can include yelling; intimidating or humiliating behavior, like angry criticism and personal insults; or sabotage, whether it's vicious gossip or taking credit for someone else's work."

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What if Gay was Straight & Straight was Gay? {Warning: Triggering Video.}

What if Gay was Straight & Straight was Gay? {Warning: Triggering Video.} | Bullying | Scoop.it
As my fourteen year old kid said quietly as I was watching and getting ready to blog this, "Mom, stop typing. You need to see the end. Because this is what really happens."
Lisa Catania, LCSW's insight:

Extremely powerful and very difficult to watch...exactly the reason to watch it.  Often times we want to turn away from things that feel scary or too painful - but then we leave the people going through these experiences alone.  Watch this and please be an advocate for change: express love, acceptance and support for anyone who may be ostracized;  and confront hate, intolerance and cruelty whenever you see it!

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He's The Only One In His School. Instead Of Feeling Special, He Gets Bullied Everywhere.

He's The Only One In His School. Instead Of Feeling Special, He Gets Bullied Everywhere. | Bullying | Scoop.it
He even gets grief from his principal? Wow.
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Kids are often teased/bullied/rejected because they appear different.  Here's a gentle person who is bravely speaking his truth - both of being ostracized and of finding support to help him to unexcusedly be himself and that he is not alone.  I am glad there are organizations like GLSEN and Upworthy -  bringing attention and support to individuals and trying to help society to become more understanding and accepting of "differences". 

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Bullying and Corporate Psychopaths at Work: Clive Boddy at TEDxHanzeUniversity

Clive is a Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Middlesex University in England. For the past seven years, he has studied the evidence and ...
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Bullying happens in all environments and throughout life.  Increasingly, there is more acknowledgement of work-place and adult bullying.  Here is a TED talk by a professor whose own experience with seemingly (he only briefly refers to it in his talk) severe workplace bullying encouraged him to study and research adult workplace bullying dynamics.

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On Being Good

On Being Good | Bullying | Scoop.it
Note: Sharon Goens-Bradley, the Healing Justice Program Director in Minneapolis, shared this message at Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) this summer and agreed to let us publish it here at Acting in Faith.
Lisa Catania, LCSW's insight:
Very interesting article - if you think about relationship dynamics, read this article - very insightful into how "being good" entitles a person to turn a blind eye to someone else's pain (in the article you will see how this fosters bullying).
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Playground Heroes

Playground Heroes | Bullying | Scoop.it
Who can stop bullying? Not just parents and teachers, argue Ken Rigby and Bruce Johnson.
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Activating bystanders is the key to changing bullying when it is happening.

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Stephen Fry Somehow Makes Sense Of Racism

Stephen Fry Somehow Makes Sense Of Racism | Bullying | Scoop.it
We need to clone this man, STAT.
Lisa Catania, LCSW's insight:

So many people look at the Holocaust and say, never on my watch...Stephen Fry talks about how language is used to dehumanize other humans and with time gives permission to perpetuate atrocities on others who are "lesser than or deserving".  This is exactly what happens when bullying; derogatory words, joking or actions; racism; discrimination happen.  If  you and I don't challenge it and set a better precedence, atrocities can happen on our watch.  Be the change - be an upstander even in the face of micro-aggressions. 

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Bullying in Youth Sports is Pervasive

Bullying in Youth Sports is Pervasive | Bullying | Scoop.it

Sport dynamics can intentionally or unintentionally foster bullying dynamics!

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What Jennifer Lawrence can teach us about sexting among teens - Cyberbullying Research Center

What Jennifer Lawrence can teach us about sexting among teens - Cyberbullying Research Center | Bullying | Scoop.it
Discusses how Jennifer Lawrence's sexting experience and rationalization provides insights into why other girls justify sending nude pictures.
Lisa Catania, LCSW's insight:

Excellent article! 

 

"We know that if youth learn that sexualized behavior and appearance are approved of and rewarded by society and by the people whose opinions matter most to them, they are likely to internalize these standards and consequently engage in “self-sexualization.” Specifically related to gender, the American Psychological Association found that as girls participate actively in a consumer culture (e.g., often buying products and clothes designed to make them look physically appealing and sexy) and make choices about how to behave and whom to become (e.g., often styling their identities after the sexy celebrities who populate their cultural landscape), they are, in effect, sexualizing themselves. Keen observers of how social processes operate, girls anticipate that they will accrue social advantages, such as popularity, for buying into the sexualization of girls (i.e., themselves), and they fear social rejection for not doing so."

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The Cruelty Crisis: Bullying Isn't a School Problem, It's a National Pastime

The Cruelty Crisis: Bullying Isn't a School Problem, It's a National Pastime | Bullying | Scoop.it
Exclusion, humiliation, gossiping, and name-calling - we can't get enough!
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Brene Brown talks about how bullying is a societal issue.  We are all powerful and the change needed to make the world kinder and more respectful!

 

From the article:

 

"Courage and compassion are not ideals; they are daily practices. The TV shows that we allow in our homes, the way we discuss politics and social issues, the way we handle altercations at the grocery story - these are choices with real consequences. Bullying is a serious problem in schools, but we are all accountable for the cruelty crisis that is fueling these behaviors. The answer to the bullying problem starts with this question: Do we have the courage to be the adults that our children need us to be?"

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The Meanest Word At Preschool

The Meanest Word At Preschool | Bullying | Scoop.it
They are watching us. They are watching us be cruel to each other. They are watching us speak poorly of our friends, and of ourselves. They are translating our anger into words like "stupid" and "loser," and they are lashing ou...
Lisa Catania, LCSW's insight:

Name calling starts early - children are imitating and are beginning to learn about the power of words and the power of their own feelings.  Limit setting, comforting, teaching empathy by showing it and imagining other people's feelings, and being good role models help young children begin to navigate this unfortunate experience.

 

From the article:  "I am here. "I'm always here," I whispered back. "You carry Mommy and Daddy and Ben in your heart every day. You are my best friend, and my kind boy, and I love you." I watched as his breath grew even, and the soft puffs of air escaped his pouted lips. I want him to know a world where no one feels like a "loser." Where "dumb" and "stupid" don't define children who learn differently, and our friends grow up to appreciate that there is something special in our challenges. Something useful. Something that we all need. I will teach him to be kind, and encourage him to see past words that hurt. I will arm him with strength, and resilience, and try to protect him from internalizing the pain of the world. And perhaps I will work on my aim."

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Exposed | Teaching Tolerance

Exposed | Teaching Tolerance | Bullying | Scoop.it
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The atrocious art of cyber-bullying is constantly evolving...  This article details current underground ways cyber-bullying is being perpetuated and harming all involved.  For parents, teachers, anyone  - stay informed!

 

One in 10 junior high and high school students has had embarrassing or damaging photos taken of them without their permission. An equal number reported feeling “threatened, embarrassed, or uncomfortable” by a photo taken of them, specifically a photo taken with a cellphone camera. An MTV-AP study on digital abuse reports 39 percent of teenagers engage in sexting, including video, images and text. And one in five students has sent sexually suggestive or nude photos of themselves to others, reports the Cyber Research Bullying Center."

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You Raise your Children; I Will Teach them French: Rosalind Wiseman at TEDxTeachersCollege - YouTube

In this talk, Rosalind Wiseman addresses the complex problem of bullying in schools, and how administrators and parents need to support kids to make schools ...
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Rosalind Wiseman, a prominent authority on bullying, approaches the complex social dynamics that often unintentionally perpetuates bullying by starting to talk compassionately about teacher burnout. 

 

She talks about teachers, administrators and parents reaching passed the disconnects to let children know they are cared about and seen and that bullying can identified and will be addressed in school settings.

 

Great TED talk!

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Cyberbullying: there is a way out! - YouTube

Children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, physically or mentally, they have a right to privacy. We all share a collective respo...
Lisa Catania, LCSW's insight:

Here is a nice animated piece about cyberbullying.  Empower yourself to identify and protect yourself against cyberbullying!

There are a lot of good resources on deletecyberbullying's site:  http://deletecyberbullying.eu/

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There's Something Absolutely Wrong With What We Do To Boys Before They Grow Into Men

There's Something Absolutely Wrong With What We Do To Boys Before They Grow Into Men | Bullying | Scoop.it
How three words make a devastating impact in the lives of little boys.
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We have a choice in how to teach boys to be connected to themselves and others in loving and compassionate ways.  The words "BE A MAN" are diminishing and pressure a boy to turn off so much of who he is and usually act in a limited "macho" way that ultimately dehumanizes who he is in his entire lifetime.  Watch this and encourage boys you know to be whole emotional, caring individuals.  Peace,  Lisa

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Could This Happen To 28% Of Kids On Our Watch?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Could This Happen To 28% Of Kids On Our Watch? | Bullying | Scoop.it
What bullies and the bullied have in common.
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Here is a great infographic chart to inform about bullying.

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Is Your Kid Mean?

Is Your Kid Mean? | Bullying | Scoop.it
Five ways to raise kind and compassionate kids.
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We all have the capacity to act in a mean way.  It is part of our human nature, for good or for worse.  To be able to recognize it and own it, while continuing to have compassion/understanding for ourselves, is an opportunity for self awareness and self-growth. 

 

Admitting that your good child is acting "mean", opens the door for so many learning opportunities.  Here is supportive and helpful advice.

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High School Football Coach Suspends ENTIRE Team For A Good Reason

High School Football Coach Suspends ENTIRE Team For A Good Reason | Bullying | Scoop.it
This high school football coach does not tolerate bullying or attitude problems, and he recently showed players in a major way.
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 This high school coach suspended his team for poor conduct and cyberbullying. I think this is an important story, and shows the coach's caring for the character and wellbeing for all students involved. What a great role model!

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