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.
Marcia Lee Taylor
Sr. VP for Government Affairs,
The Partnership at Drugfree.org
Marcia is the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the Partnership at Drugfree.org. She has served as the Senior Advisor for Drug Policy and Research for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs and the Democratic Staff Director of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, working on a wide variety of drug policy bills aimed at curbing the proliferation of illicit drugs as well as drug treatment, prevention and enforcement initiatives. She has also previously worked for former Secretary of Health Education and Welfare Joseph Califano at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, and was a community organizer in inner-city Baltimore. Marcia is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and received a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University, where she has served as an Adjunct Professor. She currently lives outside of Boston.