There has been nationwide coverage of the tragic event involving the death of the South Hadley, Mass. teen, Phoebe Prince. This is not the first incidence of a youth’s suicide being linked to bullying.
We’ve heard a lot from adults on this issue, but what about the teens? Youth adviser, Erica Cueves, from Children’s Center for Young Women’s Health, wrote a piece on their blog about the death of Phoebe Prince, how bullying affects all teens (even those not directly bullied) and what should be done to stop it.
This is a serious issue that deserves our attention. We’d like to hear from you about any experiences your child has concerning bullying and what you think should be done to stop it.
Anti-bullying resources can be found on the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center’s website.
Read this Live Science article about studies that reveal why kids get bullied and rejected.
Good news for those of you who (like me) cringe and change lanes when you see someone two-handed texting while “driving” their cars: the Boston City Council yesterday voted unanimously to ban texting while driving. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino has said he’ll sign the ban as soon as it hits his desk, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has said he supports a ban on texting while driving, so hopefully the state will follow suit soon.
Children’s Center for Young Women’s Health has some great information for teens about the dangers of texting while driving and some tips on how to be safe behind the wheel (i.e. don’t text!). Check it out, and while you’re there, read up on the latest about sexting, piercing and unfortunate tattoo choices.