Category Archives: Bullying/Cyberbullying

Shy, Teased, Isolated…Teen Killer?

Why? It’s the one question no one can really answer at this moment describing the rampage 16-year-old Alex Hribal embarked on yesterday at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA. One can only speculate. His attorney is saying he is … Continue Reading

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Keeping Social Media Safe

“Should I allow my 13-year-old to use Twitter?” It happens after every parent workshop I teach. Parents line up with specific questions. “Is Instagram bad? Should I let my teenager have her phone in her room at night? “Should I … Continue Reading

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Young People and Selfies

Smile! “Aren’t we cute?” Within seconds the selfie pic is posted to Instagram, and Tweeted to her 326 followers. Just another emblematic snapshot from the life of today’s teen. Five years ago we didn’t even know the word “selfie.” Fast … Continue Reading

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A Heart for the Unnoticed

Do you notice that kid who seems to disappear under the radar? In the shadow of a tragic teen suicide, and a weekend training youth workers to notice and connect with teenagers, I was pleasantly surprised by a film that, … Continue Reading

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R.I.P. baby sister

“I just love being straight up ignored when ever I need you.” It was the last thing she posted on her Facebook page. Then she went to her high school the next day and hung herself in the school bathroom. … Continue Reading

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Sticks and Stones Contest

Shane Koyczan’s powerful YouTube video about bullying and self esteem opens huge doors to talk about these issues with teenagers. Post the questions that come to mind, and get a chance at winning a free book of your choice from Jonathan! Continue Reading

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The Amazing Spiderman

My son Alec went to see “The Amazing Spiderman” on opening day with his friends. Alec, a true Spidey fan, has been eagerly awaiting this release and was ecstatic to finally see this. So I asked him to give us … Continue Reading

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Three Kids in a Van

It’s always interesting to see what youth workers do with “travel time” on trips. I’ve seen ministries be very proactive about using a bus ride to build relationships with kids, one kid at a time. I’ve seen other ministries that … Continue Reading

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Video of Us Tackling Bullying

10 days ago my son Alec and I tackled the subject of bullying, speaking to a group of 450 kids. I guess that’s better than tackling an actual bully! Believe me… I’ve been tempted. I promised you to give you … Continue Reading

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Speaking with Alec

I’m back from my weekend speaking with my son Alec in Wisconsin; we had a great time together. Not only did we get a chance to tour Chicago on the way up, but we also got to share the stage and … Continue Reading

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