Cyberbullies Are Cowards. A High Schooler’s Perspective

Written by:  Rebecca Brown – Senior at Joplin High School, Joplin MO

When you hear the word bullying, what do you think of? I used to picture a couple boys, pushing each other around on the playground. I also imagined a group of girls, whispering secrets to each other about a fellow classmate who is different from them. Though these are examples of bullying, when I hear the word bullying now, I think of something completely different. I think of cyberbullying.

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Navigating bullying incidents in schools

Whether your student is the victim or the bully, your parental instinct is to help your child. Whenever you become involved in this type of school disciplinary issue, your actions can profoundly influence the outcome both positively and negatively. Here is some advice from a teacher’s perspective on effectively handling incidents of harassment, bullying, and/or intimidation.

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5 Statements from Teens Supporting Technology Limits

At my therapy practice, it is common for parents to implement a plan that curbs children’s phone use at night. It is essential to begin modeling and coaching adolescents on limiting technology due to underdeveloped impulse control. I’ve wiped the tears of teens when adjusting to this change. Adolescents are not excited to buy into the change, mainly because they haven’t experienced the benefits of it! Fear not — there is hope. Here are 5 statements straight from the mouths of adolescents whose parents implemented phone limitations.

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5 Ways Teenagers Can Benefit From The Internet

Although it is true that teenagers must learn to be ethical internet users, it is equally important that parents remain cognizant of the many benefits yielded by technology. The fact is that internet safety and responsible behavior are not the only skills young people need to learn in order to function online.  Yes, posting an irresponsible, racist meme can derail one’s future plans. However, young people need to attain fluency with various technologies in order to truly be considered “career and college ready.”

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Unlimited Information… Limited Connection

Hypnotic, enthralling, intelligent…our phones are the gateway to limitless information and interpersonal connection. Yet the two do not to occur together. Conversations are limited, curiosity is squashed, and somehow everyone has become a know-it-all. Cooking experiments are guided by the voice of a YouTube tutorial instead of a friend. Research papers are written under the harsh light of a screen instead of the warm glow of a desk lamp. Office parties are now “vintage,” and “hellos” are only read through DM’s. Our tolerances for discomfort have diminished, and loneliness is stronger than ever.  

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Sustainable Solutions for Effective Technology Moderation

Oh, the humanity! How dare you ask your child to get off their phone? Getting your child off the phone can be a painful experience, and it often comes with judgements from both you and your child. Instead of solving the issue in a reactive manner, I believe in taking proactive steps to increase mindful intent of phone use. Modeling healthy technology use is not just about reshaping your child’s behavior, but also keeping your own behaviors well-managed. Below are helpful questions and suggestions for sustainable change in you and your child’s perceptions towards technology use.

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The Forgotten Art of “Ask Don’t Assume”

When was the last time you truly felt understood by someone? Humans are designed as communal creatures, meaning in order to survive, we need to feel connected. Those unspoken moments of understanding and gestures of kindness can be life changing. But it’s easy to put too much emphasis on these moments. I’ve seen parents struggle when they realize, “Oh wait, maybe I don’t know!” in regards to their children. Where has this expectation of being a “mind reader” come from, and why has it been instilled in us as gauge for effective parenting?

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