Nov 04, 2019
When students are bullied by classmates in the environment where they spend the most time, it can cause academic, social and emotional failure; some students have even taken their own lives. Tackling this issue head-on is BridgIt, a positivity app built for schools
Nov 03, 2019
When I first started my journey into building safety and wellness tools to better protect students from bullying and cyberbullying, my goal was to empower students to always feel safe and secure at school. When children feel safe at school, they are willing to take more risks and subsequently learn more and faster. I continue to believe that almost every bully was once a victim of bullying. Bullying and cyberbullying are learned behaviors; they are behaviors we either model from others or learn from our personal experiences of being bullied.
Sep 11, 2019
In the United States, as well as other parts of the world the number of individuals who feel they are alone and left out is reaching staggering numbers. Loneliness touches the lives of teenagers to older adults. A recent study found as much as 47% of Americans frequently find themselves feeling alone. In countries like Japan, the estimated is that half a million individuals shut themselves away for months at a time. In the United Kingdom, chronic and profound feelings of loneliness are experienced by 4 out of ten people. The United Kingdom recognizing the seriousness of this epidemic created a new Cabinet position called the “Minister for Loneliness.”
Jan 17, 2019
Perhaps unwittingly, school officials across the country, albeit with the best of intentions are performing lockdown drills in their schools that act as harmful triggers, causing significant psychological fear and trauma in students both during and after the lockdown drill has taken place.
Dec 03, 2018
Approximately 5.4 million students skip school each year due to cyberbullying and bullying. As leaders, educators and parents we must take the responsibility of ensuring that future generations are taught to embrace the philosophy and practices of the dialogue and positive communication both on- and offline. Only then will we see school culture shift for the better.
Nov 20, 2018
In today’s world, to effectively provide safe learning environments and create caring school cultures we need to leverage the power of social communication technology and combine it with school leaders who understand how to engage. In doing so, positive cultural shifts become possible.
Nov 19, 2018
It is deplorable for anyone who advocates for children to hear that an eighth grader in the Los Angeles area was recently assaulted and bullied in a boys bathroom in their middle school by 3 classmates. It is even worse to learn that this victim was treated in this violent way because he refused to buy a vape from his bullies. Video taken by other classmates confirms that the victim has been attacked a total of 3 times. Is it any mystery that he and his parents are now suing their Palo Verde School District?
Nov 16, 2018
Safety and wellness issues in American schools have reached epidemic proportions and American education is suffering. It is up to school leaders to be architects of a new and improved school culture.
Oct 23, 2018
New chapters need to be written for school safety handbooks, everywhere. Students need to be able to avoid public indictment, both now and in their futures, or risk suffering the constant threat of permanent exclusion, prejudice and myriad threats created by today’s media and social media.
Oct 09, 2018
Disciplinary policies in schools determine how the administration should respond to incidents, usually behavioral, among students and teachers – and they are in no way unanimous across the country. But, if we’re really going to put students first, and we should given they’re the future of our country, then schools across the board should seriously consider adopting a restorative approach to discipline.
Sep 17, 2018
Chicago Public Schools takes the first step toward controlling social media and digital communication between students and school employees.
Sep 07, 2018
Many studies indicate that students are now using the primary communication and information tool of the day, their mobile phone, to explore what sex is and their own sexuality. And they are doing so on their own without sufficient context and or guidance.
Aug 30, 2018
Students and parents are told anonymous reporting is the best way to allow students to safely communicate when they are being bullied or feel threatened at school because creating anonymous reporting removes the threat of retaliation. But is this the real reason or is something else driving the acceptance of ineffective anonymous reporting?
Jun 22, 2018
As an American educator of secondary and college students for the past 43 years, I would like to know where the responsible adults— school personnel, parents, police, politicians, et. al—for our nation’s youth are hiding. Our country has become beleaguered with a staggering number of mass school shootings over the past several years, and no one is taking a firm enough stand on what to do proactively to curb these atrocities.