Ask the expert: How to prevent and respond to bullying


October is National Bullying Prevention Month. It brings a flood of anti-bullying postings on social media, as well as anti-bullying banners and signs in schools and the community.

National Bullying Prevention Month reminds us bullying is common; one out of four students report they were bullied during the last school year. Bullying involves a difference in social or physical power between the child who is doing the bullying and the child being bullied; it can be verbal, physical or emotional bullying and is often a pattern of behavior.

The increased awareness that comes with Bullying Prevention Month can encourage schools and communities to develop programs to promote an anti-bullying culture. In today’s world, bullying is rightfully treated as serious business — there are increased efforts to encourage bullying to be reported and anti-bullying laws to prevent and address bullying when it occurs.

Bullying prevention efforts can have a number of different focuses, such as campaigns to turn children from “bystanders to upstanders” or encouraging children to “Shake it off” as in the Taylor Swift song. But what can parents do to prevent bullying, and what can they do if their child is being bullied?

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“Patients can count on my smile”


Aransa Jimenez

Environmental Services Department Assistant

open-quoteI’ve been working at Boston Children’s Hospital for three years. I clean rooms and hallways on almost every floor of the hospital. I like my job. I like interacting with patients and families. I always try to remember that they might be going through a very difficult situation. They may have gotten to the hospital sad or mad, but when I arrive at their room, there I am with my happy face. I say ‘good morning’ and tell them my name and ask them how they’re doing.

Because of me, they can count on a smile and a nice, clean room.

The toughest part of my job is when I spend so much time with a family and their child doesn’t make it. When I worked in the CICU (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit) for three months, I would visit this baby boy every day. I would dance with him and talk to his mother. He died at a year old. That was very, very difficult.

I feel like I do good work here. I feel important.close-quote


care-team-logoCaring for patients is a true team effort. Care Team highlights the dedication of the people throughout Boston Children’s who do their part to comfort and support patient families each and every day.

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A smiling Spider-Man, soccer and school buses

Legg-Calves-Perth As August melted into September, Grady McCormick counted down the days to the start of first grade. The smiley youngster barely contained his excitement at the prospect of riding the big school bus. “It was a tremendous milestone for Grady,” says his mother Heather.

And when Grady walked off the bus and into the Stratham Memorial Elementary School in Stratham, New Hampshire, it seemed like the entire student body cheered for him.

During the last two years, as the 6-year-old battled Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, a hip condition caused by disruption of the blood flow to the femoral head (ball of the hip), and hobbled on his A-frame brace, he wove his way into the hearts of his school community and developed a special bond with Dr. Benjamin Shore, his orthopedic surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital Orthopedic Center.

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Oxford rower battling bone cysts is ready to make history

Shelley Pearson battling aneurysmal bone cystsPhoto courtesy of Naomi Baker Sport Photography

They travel through the water, propelled by lean oars that slice with barely a trace—a continuous, synchronistic cycle. Breathing in. Breathing out. Gathering force. Breathing in again.

For 24-year-old Bermudian Shelley Pearson, rowing is like breathing. Living without it is simply unimaginable.

“I can remember the moment I fell in love with the sport,” says Shelley. “I felt all the athletes in the boat rowing in perfect harmony. It was as if we were gliding weightlessly on top of the water. The moment you’ve experienced that feeling — it’s what you constantly strive toward.”

With multiple U.S. National Championships, a World Rowing Junior Championships gold medal and numerous honors in national collegiate and international competitions, some might say it’s in her genes. Her father competed for Bermuda in running, her brother in basketball. But beyond family tradition is a relentless determination in spite of a fractured pelvic bone, torn tendon and nine hospital procedures in three years.

“It has made me realize I am resilient and also how much of it is mental rather than physical.”

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