Category: bullying prevention

Stand With Keaton Jones AND Teach The Bullies How To Repair the Damage

I choked up when I watched the heartbreaking viral video of young Keaton Jones crying as he described how the other kids at his middle school have been bullying him. How could you not be touched by his open, honest expression of pain? The subsequent outpouring of support for Keaton is remarkable. It gives me... Read more »

October 17th: JCC Chicago Presentation on Bullying, Social Conflict, and Transgender Inclusion

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... Read more »

The Disturbing Reason Kids Are Playing "13 Reasons Why" On Snapchat

For several weeks, I’ve been planning to write a piece about “13 Reasons Why“, the viral Netflix series that has swept the country’s teens. The riveting series is based on the book 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and it tells the tragic story of Hannah Baker, a teenage girl who commits suicide and posthumously... Read more »

Be Kind and Become a Hero Over Bullying When You See It Happen

Every day, I see new distressing videos on Facebook showing people engaging in acts of bullying, racism, and discrimination. Everyone says, “Isn’t this awful?” or “Isn’t this terrible?” YES, yes it is. So let’s do something about it. Instead of standing there watching someone be humiliated and harassed, we can teach bystanders how to walk over... Read more »

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 »

The Silent Scream: When the Parenting Writer Self-Censors Because It's the Right Thing To Do

It’s a Sunday morning. I’m sitting across from my husband at Starbucks during our precious ninety minutes of free time while the girls are at Sunday school. There is so much to process, so much living that happens each and every day. I blog infrequently now, mostly due to the fact that my children are... Read more »

Unselfie, Empathy, the Brock Turner Case, and Parenting

Five years ago, I first encountered the phenomenal Dr. Michele Borba, a parenting expert and bestselling author of more than twenty-two books. We connected because I was in the process of writing a book about bullying, and Michele was one of the experts I interviewed. During that summer of 2011, we spoke several times on... Read more »

An Open Letter To Supergirl Stars Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh, From An Adoptive Mom

Dear Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh, You met thousands of people last weekend. I want to tell you about your impact on three of them. Three little girls, specifically, who were all wearing Superman pajamas and were camped out at the front of the autograph lines on Saturday morning. (I would love to get them... Read more »

Join the Pop Culture Hero Coalition at C2E2 to End Bullying!

CHICAGO (March 18, 2016) –  The Pop Culture Hero Coalition is making a stand for heroism in real life at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. The first-ever 501(c)(3) organization that uses the phenomenal popularity of TV, film and comics for real-life heroism, the Pop Culture Hero Coalition stands against bullying, racism, misogyny, cyberbullying, LGBT bullying, and other forms of hate. The Coalition... 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 »