How To Talk to Students About Bullying

The Netflix hit 13 Reasons Why stayed off my radar for weeks. I heard people mention the show’s title, but I completely missed the show’s premise and thought it was just a movie.

Then I heard my girls were watching it. Cue popcorn and a movie – only I found it wasn’t a movie. It also wasn’t a typical love story. It was 13 hours of heaviness – of taking serious issues faced by students and showing them handled in a disastrous manner.

As the story unfolded, the harsh reality of bullying was one of the main themes that took center stage. Rumors, rejection and being left out resonated with students yet they were left with no guidance as to their options. In the TV series the main character Hannah chooses suicide. If this isn’t the only solution, how do we talk to students about bullying? What do they need to know?

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Never Unfriended by Lisa-Jo Baker – A Book Review

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Sandy and Kate were my 2nd grade best friends. It was my first year in public school and they accepted homeschooled seven-year-old me in their friend group (despite my embarrassing habit of crying every morning because I was afraid to leave my mom). We hung out at recess, sat beside each other at lunch and hung out at each other’s houses on the weekends.

We were the three Musketeers until the day of our “big” fight. Recess turned us from friends to foes as multiple messengers ran back and forth exchanging messages regarding who was no longer friends with who. Our friendship was officially declared over. This ending segued lots of tears and a trip straight to the school counselor’s office.

The school counselor, however, worked her magic and we were all friends and back in class within a few minutes. If only friendships stayed that easy…

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