Bullying – Somebody DOES understand, and that someone is me.
Chances are, if you’ve landed here, you and I share something important in common. Both of us have been deeply affected by school bullying and peer abuse.
Maybe you’re a teen who’s lonely and sad because no matter how hard you try to fit in at school, your classmates laugh at you behind your back and constantly pick on you.
Maybe you’re the bully, or even the bystander, the person who sees another student being hurt and humiliated, and who wants to help, but is afraid. Perhaps you’re a parent who can’t stand one more day of watching your child suffer at the hands of his peers simply for being different. You might even be the mom or dad of a bully, and at your wit’s end over what to do about it. Or, maybe you’re an educator or counselor, frustrated by the pain you witness, yet feeling powerless to stop it.
No matter who you identify with above, I can promise you from my heart that you’ve come to the right place. Take a moment, close your eyes and breathe. There are solutions. Someone does understand. That someone is me. Hopefully, you’ll find both information and comfort here.
A Personal Message
Survivor Turned Activist & Advocate for the Bullied
I want you to know that I’m not just a face in cyberspace. Since the release of my first book, The New York Times Best-seller, Please Stop Laughing at Me… One Woman’s Inspirational Story, I’ve been touring the nation’s schools sharing my experiences with students, teachers and parents to motivate change. My anti-bullying program is called INJJA (It’s NOT Just Joking Around!™) and it consists of live presentations and optional follow-up curriculum. If you’re interested in bringing me to your school or community, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include your contact info so I can follow up right away.
I also work with various organizations, address bullying in the workplace, hazing and university bullying, as well as keynote events and speak at conferences and conventions.
Let’s get through this together,
COVID CRISIS P.D.’S AND WORKSHOPS.
What Will Bullying Look Like Post Covid?
When school reconvenes in the fall, with so much having changed, bullying is likely to take on some new forms, especially patterns of exclusionary, digital and cyber bullying. I can help educators recognize and identify these behaviors early, and provide simple, practical tools for intervening with love, grace and truth
The New Parent/School Partnership Post Covid
I’ve put together a series of PD’s/in-services on distance learning and its impact on social/emotional learning, school climate, and bullying related issues. It will include specific strategies for educators on how to work in partnership with both students and parents during periods of disruption, deepen trust, inspire new levels of creativity, and transform dissonance into discovery.
Bullying Prevention During Periods of Distance Learning
Bullying prevention was challenging enough when students were physically inside the school building. How do we navigate anti-bullying in the new reality of intermittent remote learning? Where does the school’s responsibility end and the parent’s begin? How do we communicate to both parents and students, clear realistic guidelines on bullying that will keep our students emotionally safe? How do we get parents on board with it? I will provide simple, specific strategies, and walk participants through step by step what they need to know.
How to Help Parents Inspire Cyber-Compassion and Keep Kids Emotionally Safe While They’re Learning from Home
In this workshop, I’ll provide specifics tips and strategies for schools and parents on how to teach kids a whole new way of looking at their devices and apps. We must plant the seeds of a movement that replaces cyber-bullying with cyber-compassion. I’ll offer step by step guidelines on how we can help students become lasting ambassadors of change that carries through during in-school and at-home learning.
How to Get Comfortable Teaching Online and Really Connect with Your Students
Teaching can be hard enough in the classroom let alone tackling social and emotional learning remotely. Periods of intermittent distance learning may be the new reality moving forward and educators will need to find a comfort level teaching online. In this mini-boot camp, I’ll provide tips and strategies for finding your stride teaching remotely, including how to work with the camera and feel natural teaching into the lens, the ins and outs of lighting, camera angle and sound, how to develop your own personal teaching style online, among other insights for turning the distance learning experience into a wonderful, enriching and engaging opportunity that strengthens the bond between you and your students and excites them about learning this way.