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This guest post was written by Jodee Blanco, author of THE PLEASE STOP LAUGHING AT ME…JOURNAL: A Safe Place for Us to Talk
As a bullying survivor turned activist who travels the nation's schools, sharing her story with students, teachers and parents in an effort to save lives, I understand first-hand the mistakes many adults make when trying to help their bullied son or daughter.
Whether your child is being overtly abused by his/her classmates, or simply made to feel invisible every day, talked about instead of with, the student who may not get bullied per se, but who no one at school ever goes out of their way to include in anything either, you CAN help. Here are some tips to get you started--and always remember, bullying isn't only overt acts of cruelty, it's also the deliberate omission of kindness, the invitations denied, the warmth withheld, the acceptance just out of reach.
Above all--don't give up. Keep on fighting for your child's rights! Remember, you're not alone. I'm here. Reach out if you need me.
For more information, please visit my website jodeeblanco.com.
The voice of America’s bullied students, author of The New York Times bestseller Please Stop Laughing at Me . . ., the award winning sequel Please Stop Laughing at Us . . . and The Please Stop Laughing At Me… Journal: A Safe Place for Us to Talk, survivor, expert and activist Jodee Blanco is one of the country’s pre-eminent voices on the subject of school bullying. She is the author of The New York Times bestseller, Please Stop Laughing At Me . . . One Woman’s Inspirational Story. A chronicle of her years as the student outcast, the book inspired a movement inside the nation’s schools and is swiftly becoming an American classic. Referred to by many as “the anti-bullying bible,” it is required reading in hundreds of middle and high schools and numerous universities throughout the country.
Please Stop Laughing at Me . . . has also been recognized as an essential resource by The National Crime Prevention Council, The Department of Health & Human Services, the National Association of Youth Courts, Special Olympics, The FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), Teacher Magazine and hundreds of state and local organizations from the PTA and regional law enforcement coalitions to school safety groups.