Have you ever been a part of a bullying incident? Perhaps you were the target, singled out by a group of students. Or maybe you were the bully.
October was National Bullying Prevention Month, a time in which awareness and education are shared about cyberbullying, and its effect on children and teens. Schools and community organizations are dedicating time and space to share helpful examples of bullying for students and parents, providing resources in order to recognize it for themselves.
“If it’s about us, without us, it’s not for us.” This quote is at the heart of how Sticks ‘n Stones works. Authentic and meaningful involvement of young people at all levels of decision making sets our approach apart from traditional bullying prevention programs.
Reading the news this morning, I saw yet another headline stating how our digital age is isolating and dividing people instead of uniting and drawing us closer. This often seems like an ugly side effect of our modern society.
In late 2017, I sat with 50 other parents listening intently to an Internet Safety Specialist tell us everything that is wrong and dangerous about kids online.
With a few weeks of the back to school season under our belts, it is easier to step back and examine our daily routines. Are our children making it to school on time? Are they eating a balanced diet? Are they spending too much time online? Are those interactions healthy?
If you’re like me, you read the occasional parenting book, reach out to friends to see what is going on with their children, and try your best to be as present as possible - while working and running a household.