This week’s topic is near and very dear to our hearts. We often think of bullying in terms of it being among peers, but bullying does happen to kids by adults. Some believe this is the reason for much of the bullying that we are seeing among kids and in schools today. We want to discuss this in various ways from how you can decipher if an adult is bullying your child even if your child isn’t telling you to ways that we are bullying our kids and other kids based on how we are talking to them on a daily basis.
This is a grim reality, but none of us are exempt from having been a bully or from being bullied when we think about it. Bullying is not something that ends with childhood. Though many of us want to reach the kids and to impact their decision to bully their peers, we believe that the cycle can stop if we as adults are realistic with ourselves about the example that we are setting in our own lives for the kids. They are watching even when we think they aren’t watching. Many of them are repeating our behavior regardless of any words or instructions that we give them. Dealing with our own issues and not placing blame on others is something that can truly be difficult, but in order to see change, we truly all have to be able to look inside of ourselves and see how we could be contributing to the issues that we are seeing in our world.
Our special guest this week is Jennifer Fraser. Jennifer is an author and teacher who received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. Her written work ranges from academic studies to plays and novels and she has taught for over twenty years at the university, college and high-school levels.
A passionate educator, her new book Teaching Bullies: Zero Tolerance on the Court or in the Classroom explores what happens when the bully is a teacher or coach.
Anti-bullying author and advocate, Barbara Coloroso has said “Fraser’s focus on teachers and coaches is a new and important contribution to the field.”
We hope that you will support our cause in trying to help people to see their issues and to face them as we love them through healing and dealing with all of it. Having difficult discussions about topics like this is only the beginning. Join us this Wednesday at 6pm PST. We’ll be live on Twitter. Just follow #strikeitout.