Are you dealing with bullying? Is your child constantly embroiled in social conflict, and you aren’t sure whether or not to get involved? Sometimes it can be hard to tell when to intervene and when to hang back.
It is even harder to navigate bullying and social conflict when you or your children are different from the mainstream. Other parents, students, and even school staff may respond to your reports of mistreatment with defensiveness and hostility. It is particularly painful when your own friends “disappear” because they don’t know how to interact with you and your family.
Whereas anyone can become the target of taunting and discrimination, children who identify as LGBTQ are at elevated risk for peer victimization. Confusion and fear often lead to victim blaming by schools and institutions.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and it is also National LGBT History Month. In particular, transgender people struggle every day to survive in a society that often bullies and marginalizes them.
Come to a special presentation that includes both themes — bullying prevention and transgender inclusion – on October 17th: JCC Chicago’s event on Bullying and Social Conflict, with a Focus on Transgender Inclusion.
I will be speaking about the following topics, based on research from my award-winning book on bullying:
- Understanding the difference between bullying and social conflict, with clear guidelines on when adults should intervene.
- Explaining the dynamics of societal power and how LGBTQ people are systemically in a position of needing to advocate for more power.
- Providing information to educate those who are trying to understand the evolving language of gender.
- Giving strategies to targeted students for how to cognitively reframe taunts, ignorance, and episodes of outright cruelty.
- Helping non-LGBTQ people know what to say and what not to say to non-binary and transgender people.
- How schools can respond to LGBTQ bullying with empathy training and restorative actions instead of punitive actions, because punitive responses do not tend to change the hearts and minds of the bullies.
- How schools can be inclusive of transgender students and gender-expansive students instead of resorting to victim-blaming techniques.
- Teaching students to be witnesses and allies instead of bystanders.
When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Where: Bernard Weinger JCC, 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062
Schedule: 7:00 pm Refreshments * 7:30 Lecture * 8:30 Q&A, Discussion
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