Posts tagged "Bullied"

Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day 2014: Star Wars Is For GIRLS Too

Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day 2014: Star Wars Is For GIRLS Too
On Friday, December 19, 2014, we invite you to celebrate the fifth annual Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day, an affirmation of geek pride and a stance against bullying. Here’s how you can celebrate: Wear something Star Wars or science fiction-related on December 19. Donate a Star Wars or science fiction toy to a... Read more »

Don't Miss the "End Bullying" Panel this Friday at New York Comic Con

Don't Miss the "End Bullying" Panel this Friday at New York Comic Con
Learn how to convert kryptonite into your own personal strength with Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition’s powerful End Bullying panel, back at New York Comic Con (NYCC) by popular demand! Topics of discussion will include geek, cyber, and LGBT-bullying, becoming a hero IRL, and analyzing how media affects our attitudes toward bullying and aggression. End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty... Read more »

Hey, fans! Special discount on C2E2 tickets for students, staff, parents of all Chicagoland schools!

Are you planning to attend Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo? C2E2 is Chicago’s biggest pop culture event,  a not-to-be-missed celebration of fandom April 25-27, 2014, in the South Building at McCormick Place. Following in the footsteps of San Diego Comic Con and NY Comic Con, C2E2 organizer ReedPOP has invited actress Chase Masterson and author... Read more »
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Great New Update on Michael Morones

Great New Update on Michael Morones
In January, 11-year-old Michael Morones attempted to take his own life by hanging, which has left him in the hospital with serious brain damage.   Although suicidal ideation is a complicated issue with more than one cause, a known factor in Michael’s distress was the bullying he experienced at school. Other kids taunted Michael about his... Read more »

Three Top Tips To Prevent Digital Drama and Cyberbullying In Your Life

Three Top Tips To Prevent Digital Drama and Cyberbullying In Your Life
Whether you are a tween, a teen, or an adult, you may have found yourself engaged in a heated argument after a text, an email, or an online comment that you wrote was misinterpreted by the recipient (or by others who saw it, even if they were not the intended recipients). These miscommunications happen because... Read more »

Photo Contest Winners from Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day 2013

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who participated in the Fourth Annual Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day 2013, an event to celebrate antibullying and geek pride while also donating a toy to a child in need! I asked people to send me their photos from the day, with the promise that I would... Read more »
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Why is it so hard to get the school to make the bullying stop?

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  The following guest post was written by a mom who is a regular reader of Portrait of an Adoption.  She has been communicating with me privately about the bullying her daughter has suffered, and she is sharing her story to help other families who are having similar struggles. By... Read more »

Brave Girls Want Equality. Let's Make It Happen.

Brave Girls Want Equality.  Let's Make It Happen.
It was the first day of summer camp.  The counselor gave the children white tented cards.  “Write your name and your favorite thing – what’s most important to you– on the name cards,” she instructed. Six-year-old Annie Rose carefully wrote her name.  Underneath it, she drew a picture of two smiling little girls, one with... Read more »

How Much Stage Makeup Should Little Girls Wear?

This week, my 6-yr-old daughter skated in her first ice exhibition.  Usually, she insists on doing her own hair and picking her own clothes, so it was a major victory when she agreed to let me comb down her spiky bangs (the result of giving herself a unique haircut two months ago) and smooth her... Read more »
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Stop telling kids that being bullied will make them stronger. It’s not true, and here is why.

Stop telling kids that being bullied will make them stronger.  It’s not true, and here is why.
Human beings are hard-wired to belong.  We are social beings and we derive happiness from positive interactions with other living creatures, especially people.  What happens when we are rejected?  We experience very real psychological and physical symptoms of pain, such as anxiety, depression, stomach aches, sleeplessness, headaches and panic attacks. I have noticed a continuing... Read more »