Oscars 2013 {I'm Tired of the Bullying on Twitter}

I started working on this post with a sketch of Anne Hathaway on the red carpet. I planned on writing about the gorgeous dresses at the Oscars. But after seeing all the negative commentary about Anne on Twitter I decided to change my focus here. ...more

Stop Online Beauty Smearing and Beauty Bullying

I was laying in bed asking myself what can I do to prove to everyone that I did not post this horrible comment, I realized aside from using my voice I really can't. I will probably never find out who did it, the night it happened I was devastated, yesterday I was angry, & today instead of being reactive I’m going to be proactive. I am not the only person that this kind of thing has happened to, & we can change passwords etc. but that won’t stop it from happening again to someone else....more

"CRIMSON CHICKEN HANGER" (aka The Bully Post)

There was this period of about three years in elementary school when I got bullied a fair amount. The school was never home to me since I started going there in the middle of the school year in fourth grade and never really quite fit in. I had short hair, wore extremely large glasses, was already about 5’8” in the 6th grade and… this will sound weird if you’re not from Philly, but… I wasn’t Irish, which didn’t float in an Irish school in the Irish neighborhood of a largely Irish city.  ...more

Lady Gaga's Anti-Bullying Campaign: Will It Work?

In keeping with her anti-bullying message, Lady Gaga has set up a campaign called Born This Way, "which will support programs and initiatives that deal with all aspects of empowering youth. The non-profit charitable organization will lead youth into a braver new society where each individual is accepted and loved as the person they were born to be. BTWF will focus on youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and will utilize digital mobilization as one of the means to create positive change." ...more
Lady Gaga.....My 15 y/o son committed sucicide after this school bus ride home. The two 12th ...more

Kept My Baby Home

Today my daughter expressed discomfort in going to school...that little boys were ignoring her serious "NO" requests and trying to grab her/play tag.I kept her home, and once again am thinking of homeschooling.We are at a local alternative school and are making a point to be active in the school, but that doesn't seem to help to keep these little boys off my little girl.She might be home for a long time. Kristin--KristinBennett.com :: Where it all comes together......more

Bullying Can't Always Be Reported

Did you know, that even if there’s an anonymous way of reporting bullying, dangerous bullies can often still find out who the “rat” is and target them. How do they do this? By elimination. Once bullies have been caught out by someone in authority and they know they can’t manipulate their way around it, they’ll take their punishment and the authority figure/s will assume that’s the end of that. They’ll still be keeping an eye on the situation, but they often believe that once caught, the problem is gone. But, for serious/dangerous bullies, that’s not the case....more
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The Aftermath of Bullying

Boo is attending a new school, though it was really a hard decision. On one hand, I adored his teachers. And so did he. They are two of the most amazing women especially with children. On the other hand, it was tied to the church that had treated us in a way I found completely unjust. So after much discussion, the Detective and I decided we couldn’t in good conscience keep Boo in that school. If I didn’t feel comfortable being there, how could I send my child there? ...more

Hang in there. You will find new parent friends as Boo makes new friends in his school. It's ...more

Addressing Bullying from the Inside Out

Is it enough to simply tell our children not to bully? Or should we walk them through a process that might increase their understanding of why bullying is not acceptable at any age? In our class, we seek to address the topic of bullying through a process of self-reflection. Try it with yourself and then try it with a child, see if it brings about a different perspective of bullying for you and your child. For regardless of what people think about bullying, it is not limited to the playground. Kids often model the behavior of their parents. Is that which they model a positive reflection of you at your best, being your best to others?...more