We will explore the many ways in which kids are physically, emotionally and psychologically bullied and the impact that bullying has both in the short-term and the long-term. We will look at the role that families, society, and our culture inadvertently plays in modeling and enabling bullying behaviors. We will explore why certain kids are more vulnerable to bullying, and if being bullied affects girls differently than boys. We will compare the differences between face-to-face and cyber-bullying. We will discuss what parents, schools and society at large need to do to strengthen a zero tolerance policy about bullying, and raise kids who have greater empathy towards others. Most importantly, we will address the ways in which kids can overcome teasing and social ostracism, so they can experience less trauma and maintain a sense of self-worth.
Dr. Janet Edgette
Janet is a psychologist, author, workshop leader, and speaker with 25 years of experience helping children, teenagers, and their families. She is recognized nationally for developing an effective therapeutic approach for reaching kids who are turned off by the idea of counseling, or just plain tired of hearing adults tell them what they should be doing differently. She also speaks frequently to parents, offering practical advice on such matters as adolescent “moodiness,” sexuality, family communications, limit-setting, and accountability. Janet gives many training seminars for mental health professionals as well as interactive workshops for educators and parents. She practices near Philadelphia, and has taught at Widener, Villanova, and Immaculata Universities. Janet has authored six books in the areas of therapy, parenting, and sport psychology, including her latest, “The Last Boys Picked: Helping Boys Who Don’t Play Sports Survive Bullies and Boyhood.”