Archive for the 'Youth Suicide' Category
Saturday, December 5th, 2015
Bob Holmes is a one-man volley ball team who travels the country engaging teens to think radically differently about their value and their future in the face of enormous bullying pressure in their social networks to believe they are small and insignificant.
Saturday, November 7th, 2015
A Center for Disease Control study on Childhood Stress with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, explains there are three types of stress: positive, tolerable and toxic. Toxic stress is chronic and can lead to health issues. According to the report updated in May 2011: “Toxic stress results from adverse experiences that may be sustained over a long period of time. This kind of stress can disrupt early brain development, compromise the functioning of important biological systems, and lead to long-term health problems.” Along those lines, consider texting and social media as an example of chronic teen stress that can be like peer pressure on steroids and inspire high anxiety.
Monday, October 5th, 2015
Mental health is a touchy subject, and youth are very confident about searching for information via the internet. So it is not surprising that a recent article via BBC News featured a concern that teens are seeking mental health advice from the internet and not involving the adults in their lives. But more interesting to me is that parents were not mentioned as one of the “go to” resources for youth seeking assistance with mental health issues. This made me wonder how parents can realize their role in their children’s mental health.
Saturday, September 12th, 2015
This Tuesday evening, 6:30 p.m., St. Joseph Marello Catholic Church is hosting a parent training on Strategies for bully prevention and intervention at home and school. Free of charge and open to the public welcoming all faiths, this presentation will explore the nature of hostility youth are experiencing in the cyber social realms, feature how to recognize signs that your child may be experiencing or participating in a bully situation, and strategies for prevention and intervention at home and at school.
Monday, July 6th, 2015
The number one reason why parents should not grant privacy to their cyber-powered tweens and teens: Without parental guidance and wisdom in critical private moments, cyber-powered peer communities can become a single point of reference for life. The world convinces parents and youth that kids need, or have a right to privacy from their parents. And yet nothing could be …
Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
...parents experience a type of malware that evolves from a traditional parenting paradigm that says with good parenting the risky traps and adult issues will not beset our children. We are judging ourselves and other parents by the issues or successes of our youth, which further reinforces shame and fear and killing open communication about what is happening on and off line at home. Some of the lies, the malware, that torment parent hearts and minds include:
Monday, May 11th, 2015
Anonymous apps like Yik Yak and Ask.fm are very popular and also attract people who are seeking opportunities to be vicious and cruel. Young hearts and minds engaging in these “communities” without full understanding of the best and the worst of human nature are putting their mental and emotional health at risk. The bullying and hate speech can be horrific, and all consuming if not checked by a disciplined mind. These sites are also associated wreaking havoc on school campuses and have been linked to youth suicides in response to the intensive level of personal attacks made possible.
Monday, January 26th, 2015
...Granting schools access to the social media of a child suspected of bullying may complicate things and create more harm. It would, it seems, make more sense to mandate the parent provide access to the account without giving up the password, so as to facilitate the investigation of an incident and limit access for that purpose alone. If the school’s mandate is to stop bullies because of the threat of lawsuits or career black eyes, and the fearful mindset is to seek control of individuals rather than teaching all students involved to expect accountability with compassion and to seek the justice for all involved, then we are at risk of perpetuating the “blame” mentality which inspires more bullying by the “righteous”...
Monday, September 29th, 2014
There are cyber device settings and apps that parents and kids can deploy as a part of your anti-bully strategy. The aim is to create boundaries in the cyber tools and in your child’s own hearts and minds embrace the correct thinking and actions in confronting a bully mentality. The most important thing parents can do is use these tools to inspire open dialogue about recognizing and responding to mean-spirited, nefarious or unkind communications in the children’s cyber social realm.
Monday, September 22nd, 2014
Back to school is a time of excitement as well as insecurity and uncertainty. And in the cyber social realm, where it is easy to be mean, the cyberbully phenomenon surfaces as a topic of concern and conversation. While bullying is not new, the level of hostility and persistent invasiveness that mobile connectivity inspires in the social networks our children navigate on and off line is unprecedented. And the children need socialization to help them overcome the lack of empathy that can happen from behind the screen. It is a challenge that has inspired legislation across the nation to make cyberbullying cause for disciplinary action in schools.