The news of increasing bully behaviors has my stomach in a flip-flop. The ultimate sad ending is a teen suicide. We have to help our kids handle conflict now. That means we need to know and use every resource.
Intimidation, power and control are the more sophisticated words that describe bully behavior but be certain, it affects young people in more long lasting ways than the days of problems on the playground. As bully goes high tech with the rest of our world, the highway of information can become the super highway of kid abuse. Most adults I speak with readily recall the intensity of young adolescent and adolescent peer pressure. We understand the origins of teen aggression today a bit more as science teaches us more about how the brian is developing rapidly and hormores are surging in young people. The good news is that it is the power of the relationship with caring adults- teachers, administrators and parents that will turn this issue in to a non issue.
Today's post is a list of resources at your fingertips---
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan conducted a survey of more than 4000 of Illinois children and youth. This office is aware that the age of technology will require new law to protect and educate youth and parents. Click here for the web connection on ebully411 to find the most current resources about how to help youth, wherever you are!
Bullies need to be sneaky to be effective. They know there behavior is shameful and it can only exist in an atmosphere of namelessness and hiding. A suburban Chicago detective Richard Wistocki, speaks about how there is no place to hide on the Internet. He has taken his knowledge to a resource for parents and schools, check out BeSure Consulting.
I will write more about the importance of relationship building with teens in future posts. For now here is one more link about school safety.
As always, let me know what you think.I want to write to what you need to know!