Tag: Bullying


Yik Yak Is Back

The popular social platform Yik Yak is back in the news. Not that it was ever gone, but some are now pushing in that direction – and raising important questions about privacy, decency and first amendment rights. When I wrote about Yik Yak earlier this year, it was in the spotlight for fostering hyper-local (within a 1.5 mile radius) anonymous communication, especially popular on college campuses. What I wrote then still stands: We need an ethic of communication that matches the new forms of communication which are now so accessible. Real commitment......

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Teaching, Learning and More: Must-Read Links

For parents, educators and students of all ages wrapping up summer break and heading back to school, these new “must read” pieces are enlightening. Our picks from around the web include?Kate Winslet’s tip for a common classroom crisis, the educational trend worth rethinking, a new way to compose essays, an ingenious plan to get kids reading …and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Life Lesson “I sought the counsel of one trusted teacher who guided me through this situation in the......

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An Inspiring Voice

The human spirit is remarkable. Take Musharf “Mushy” Asghar, a high school student who gained fame on the British reality TV series Educating Yorkshire. With a serious speech obstacle to overcome, Mushy exhibits a powerful combination of courage and will. Add a teacher, Matthew Burton, who simply won’t give up on his student, who is open to sources outside the typical curriculum for inspiration (in this case, the Academy Award-winning film The King’s Speech), and who is committed to educating in the purest form – i.e., raising up and bringing forth the......

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Empathy, Cruelty and Extremism: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (March 9-13), we examined a book about humanizing the innovation process, an app that’s enabling cruelty, a story on parenting while overwhelmed, and a semantics debate around terrorism. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Empathy as a Business Model – Irwin Kula Innovation, innovation, innovation. It’s all we hear today, as we’re flooded with interviews and talks from academic, business and tech-pop culture gurus. The e-book The Technology of Us cuts through the morass. These smart essays,......

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The Unethical World of Yik Yak

One of the greatest Westerns in film history, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, comes to mind when I think about one of the most popular and controversial apps in use among students today. Yik Yak, a social media network with no member profiles, only displays chatter among users within a radius of 1.5 miles, or up to 10 miles. As this New York Times report demonstrates, along with the good of increasingly democratized communication comes some bad – and truly ugly. Not only are anonymous taunts and personal attacks common......

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Do Children Thrive Under Fewer Rules, or More?

It doesn’t take the genius of Einstein or the compassion of Mother Teresa to realize that bullying is bad. But it may take a combination of new information and wisdom to actually curb the practice of bullying and other forms of childhood/adolescent violence. As part of a recent university study, a New Zealand primary school suspended most recess rules, and observed a significant drop in bullying, vandalism and school violence – not to mention an increase in classroom attention by students. To be clear, they didn’t invite kids to brings weapons to......

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In Today's News Cycle, Has the Term 'Bullying' Lost Its Meaning

Brad Lewis took to YouTube and Facebook within hours of burying his son, Jordan, who shot himself in the heart.? “This bullying has to stop,” Lewis said in a seven-minute video. But is it right to blame a suicide on bullying?? Is it really that simple?? Aren’t many more kids bullied than the number of kids who harm themselves?? Has the term lost its impact because it means so many different things? I asked myself these questions after reading the story about Brad and Jordan Lewis, and I even found that I......

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