Offline bullying and especially online bullying is an issue for young people in far more than North America. This article talks about the prevalence of bullying in Taiwan for young people. Taiwan has 23 million people, whereas the United states has 311 million.
To your mentoring success!
Paula C. Dirkes
Daniel Radcliffe speaks out about how social media has caused the increase in bullying. Check it out here:
To your mentoring success,
Paula C. Dirkes
Filed under: Cool Resources for Mentors & Mentees, Practical Mentoring Issues
When my mentee Chelsea was in elementary school and middle school, bullying was a daily experience for her. When I saw her for our weekly outing, that was often something she talked about since it caused her so much upset. I only saw her on one evening a week and I could not accompany her to school to protect her. Instead, I let her talk about it so she really felt heard. Although I didn’t feel particularly helpful, Chelsea told me later that it made a difference for her to be able to talk about it and to feel cared for.
The author of this article teaches kids how to handle bullying – ignore, communicate, exit. Click here to read on…
Jacques St. Pierre, a 17 year old student in Toronto wanted some high profile support for his anti-bullying campaign in his high school. One of the many celebrities he reached out to was pop musical artist Lady Gaga. She responded with a video that she invited him to show to the entire school. Check it out here.
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In a recent research study, 24% of middle and high school students reported being ‘harassed’ via text messaging in 2008 – up 50% since 2007. We can only imagine the increase as of 2011! This includes texting rumors, rude comments and even threats.
Read more about the study here: http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/articles/sexting-headline-prompts-response
Be a great mentor today,
(Excerpt from: Mentor Me! The Complete Guide for Women who want to Mentor Girls. To be released January 2012)
It may take a “village” to raise a child, but it also takes a “village”
or community to educate children and keep them in school. Commu-
nity-based mentoring programs play a critical role in reducing the
dropout rate in the schools. A study by Tierney (1995) showed that
mentored kids are fifty-two percent less likely to skip a day of school,
and thirty-seven percent less likely to skip a class. Mentored kids are
also more confident of their performance in schoolwork. Yet another
study (Jekielele 2002) showed that mentored kids are three times more
likely to be attending college two years after high school graduation.
There were many, many times that Chelsea did not want to return
to school due to bullying, gossiping, teachers that didn’t take the time
(or have the time) to meet her educational needs (she has a learning
disability), or because she was feeling “stupid” or overwhelmed. As a
mentor, I listened patiently, reminded her of the things she could do,
supported her to ask questions, and helped her get comfortable asking
for help. I applauded her grades, efforts and accomplishments along
the way and proudly took pictures of her at her high school graduation.
Be like Ghandi – be the change you want to see in the world!