Everyone agrees that bullying is getting out of hand on the Internet, at school, and even on playgrounds. Another place that bullying can run rampant is on a school bus on the way to and from school. Bullying is becoming an epidemic that needs to be stopped, but how? Lauren Compton reports for Wavy.com.
Arizona lawmakers are agreeing that gun violence in schools needs to be stopped, that schools need to be made safer, and that they have had enough of the violence as well. What the Arizona lawmakers can’t agree on is how best to bring an end to gun violence in schools. Even if they were to reach consensus on the right approach, funding is still a problem. Jim Nintzel reports for the Tucson Weekly on what is being done.
Keeping our kids safe on the Internet has become a major concern for most parents. The question is, how can we keep them safe if we ourselves know nothing about what we are protecting them from? That’s why the city of Columbia, SC, is taking a stand and providing classes for grandparents to teach them about the Internet and give them tips on how to increase Internet safety. WITX.com reports.
A feeling of belonging is a huge deterrent to bullying according to Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen, the creators of the documentary film Bully. The main keys are a sense of belonging and a sense of significance. Feeling like you belong somewhere and being part of a group are said to go a long way towards helping kids stand up to the bullying that seems to be rampant everywhere from the school playground to the Internet these days. Babble.com has more on the topic.
As if bullying wasn’t bad enough, now with the advent of the Internet and social media sites we have to worry about cyberbullying as well. How many times have we heard of someone killing themselves over being bullied on the Internet? More than I can count lately. Sue Hubbard, M.D., gives her take on cyberbullying and what we can do to prevent it.
For this cycle of Kidsafe we discussed everything from a safe new gaming platform for kids, to a widow who is making a difference since her husband’s senseless death in a school shooting. Join us and give us your thoughts.
- Fingerprint Digital just announced a gaming platform that will keep your kids entertained as well as safe on the Internet. Read the article in VentureBeat for more details.
- At what age is it safe to leave a child home alone? Dr. Komaroff gives some pointers, as well as safety rules that should be stressed when the decision is made.
- Lindsay Mannering reports for The Stir on a boy who saved his family by texting for help from a locked bathroom. Read here for the full story.
- The NRA gun safety program has been a huge hit with children. Read Howard Roden’s report for The Courier on the program and its success.
- The widow of a man who was shot in a school shooting in 2005 has made it her mission to keep children safe. This is a very courageous and honorable thing to do. Read more about the shooting and the widow’s mission at Wate.com.
- Finally, we discussed the people who are left behind to deal with tragedies such as the Newtown school shooting, and applauded the sheer effort they make to move on.
Reading Kristin Farley’s article for Wate.com entitled “School Shooting Victim’s Widow Makes Safety of Children Her Mission” makes you realize just how hard it must be to go on after a senseless tragedy like the one that happened at Campbell County High School, and the Newtown shooting as well. I can’t imagine the willpower it takes to even get out of bed in the morning in the face of such violence, much less the willpower it takes to devote your life to fighting the very thing that took your loved one from you.
The struggle that the parents of the Newtown tragedy must face every single day for the rest of their lives is alien to most of us, and something that we pray we will never have to experience. “There but for the grace of God go I” is a very apt quote for this situation because it could have very easily been our school and our small town that was invaded by a psychopath with a gun, and our children that were taken from us way too soon.
We can sympathize with the lady above, and the parents in Newtown. We can rant and rave at the injustice done them and their loved ones, but we can never feel what they feel, and of course wouldn’t want to. The best we can do is contribute in any way possible to bringing an end to the violence and pray for those in need – and ourselves.
Ken Bruce was the assistant principal who was killed during the County Campbell High School shooting in 2005. His widow, Jo, has now dedicated her life, and her husband’s memory, to making sure that children are safe. She also has some strong views on guns in schools. Kristin Farley reports on the shooting and the widow’s mission.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) gun safety program has been teaching kids not only about gun safety but what to do if they find a gun, and has been a huge hit with the children. After the school tragedy in Newtown, everyone is making gun safety a top priority. The NRA is no different; they want to protect our children as much as we do. Howard Roden reports for The Courier.
Nathen Lane’s parents took his phone away recently, but little did they know he would end up saving the day by grabbing his mom’s phone and texting for help when his family were caught up in an armed robbery in Chicago. Lindsay Mannering reports for The Stir on cafemom.com with the story and what happened next. I think Nathen should get his phone back. What do you think?