Posts tagged "bullying"

The Dabometer: A Barometer for Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. To honor all those who deal with bullying, I will be sharing posts that shed light on this struggle. Today’s piece is a guest post by the mother of two girls. By Debi Lewis For much of fifth grade, my daughter vehemently refused to dab outside our house. For... Read more »

Chicago Trump Rally Shut Down: Being On The Right Side Of History

Chicago Trump Rally Shut Down: Being On The Right Side Of History
CHICAGO Friday, March 11, 2016. Due to the presence of thousands of protesters, tonight’s Trump rally in Chicago was called off. As of this moment, there are no reports of anyone being hurt or injured. UPDATE:  After Trump’s campaign (not the Chicago police) called off the rally, there were some clashes between Trump supporters and... Read more »

Star Wars The Force Awakens Set Visit: The Day Katie Flew The Millennium Falcon

Star Wars The Force Awakens Set Visit: The Day Katie Flew The Millennium Falcon
An epic behind-the-scenes Star Wars story . . . Background: The Post That Launched A Thousand Geeks. When my oldest daughter, Katie, was in the first grade, she picked out a Star Wars water bottle and a Star Wars backpack to bring to school.  An ordinary decision, the same one made by a crop of... Read more »
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Celebrities at C2E2 Join Fans in "I Am Campaign" to End Bullying

Celebrities at C2E2 Join Fans in "I Am Campaign" to End Bullying
It was a great weekend at C2E2 in Chicago.  This inspirational gallery includes a sampling of messages from celebrities and fans who participated in the Antibullying Coalition’s I AM Campaign.  Chase Masterson and I are grateful to all who support our work to provide hope and healing to victims of bullying.  Our panel, End Bullying:... Read more »

C2E2 2015 Panel: End Bullying: Become a Superhero IRL

C2E2 2015 Panel: End Bullying: Become a Superhero IRL
This weekend at C2E2 2015 in Chicago, the Antibullying Coalition will be running the following AMAZING panel and workshops: End Bullying: Become A Superhero IRL When: Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm Where: Room S405a Description: Turn kryptonite into your own personal strength with Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s powerful panel! Topics: geek, cyber,... Read more »

CBS Anchor Makes Day of 4-Year-Old Figure Skating Girl

CBS Anchor Makes Day of 4-Year-Old Figure Skating Girl
CBS Chicago News came to the house today to interview me about my bullying work for a story on problematic social media apps such as YikYak and Burn Book. My four-year-old daughter thought they were coming to interview her about winning first place in her first ice skating competition yesterday.  She ran to put on... Read more »
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Dear Middle-Aged Man Who Stopped To Chat With Me at Comic-Con

Dear Middle-Aged Man Who Stopped To Chat With Me at Comic-Con
Dear Middle-Aged Man Who Stopped to Chat With Me At San Diego Comic-Con, You were strolling through the Autograph Area, looking to see if there were any tables you wanted to visit.  You stopped and read the banner above my table.  You walked over to me, smiling.  I thought you might be a teacher looking... Read more »

Aren't You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper? The Passing of the Armor to A Bullied Little Girl

Aren't You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper? The Passing of the Armor to A Bullied Little Girl
Allison used to love to go to school.  But two years ago, when her big sister moved on from elementary school to junior high, Allison found herself alone when she became the target of relentless bullying. Allison is eleven years old.  She loves Spiderman and Star Wars.  The other kids mock her for carrying a... Read more »

Dear Dad Who Was Waiting In Line At Panera

Dear Dad Who Was Waiting in Line at Panera, It was pretty crazy in Panera at lunchtime yesterday.  A ballet recital had just ended at the theater across the street, and a crush of unexpected people descended on Panera.  The people who worked there were running way behind on just about every order.  It was... Read more »
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Judge Allows School to Bully a Student and Convicts Victim of Crime

One of the first pieces of advice that I (and all my bullying prevention colleagues) give to students who are being bullied is: COLLECT EVIDENCE. In many case, evidence is the only thing that will stand between a target and an institution that prefers to believe the bully.  We saw this happen when Jonathan Martin... Read more »