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#WhatisSchool – A Live Twitter Chat

(Questions for the October 27, 2016 Chat)

Title: The Bully In Us All
Exploring the who, what and why of bullying

Introductions: Please introduce yourself and tell us if you agree or disagree that there is the potential for anyone to become a bully.

Q1: It’s been said that bullying is the tip of a larger iceberg. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Q2:  Are there others – besides the bullies and the bullied – who contribute to the problem?

Q3: What are some of the challenges inherent in dealing with bullying?

Q4: Do you feel the measures being taken to stop bullying are effective? Why or why not? l

Q5: What role do social-emotional skills play in prevention and intervention?

Q6: How can we encourage students to become effective peer leaders who discourage bullying by modeling empathy and kindness?

Challenge: Share some programs or projects that encourage a culture of mutual respect, tolerance and appreciation for differences.

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#INZPirED-Bully for You

(A live Twitter chat)

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What:  The #INZPirED anti-bullying slow chat (#INZPirEd-Bully) on Twitter was inspired by Jena Ball’s book, Lead With Your Heart.  It is the heartwarming story of a misunderstood pit bull and a very shy little girl named Reny. Together, with the help of friends, family, and a goofy pack of mixed breed dogs, they confront and overcome the challenges of being misjudged and bullied.

The goal of the chat is to open a dialog about bullying between educators, students, administrators, parents and anyone in the community who is interested in this important topic.

When: #INZPirEd-Bully will run from midnight EST on Sunday, October 2nd through 11:59 pm on Friday, October 7th EST..

Who: Everyone is enjoyed to participate, including students, parents and community memebers.

How: One question will be posted to #INZPirEd-Bully on Twitter each day. Please respond, ask your own questions and offers ideas by Tweeting using the #INZPirEd-Bully hashtag in your Tweet.

Questions: One question, or a series of related questions, will be posted each day. If you would  like to suggest a question, please email Jena: JenaBall@CritterKin.com or Tweet her directly @JenaiaMorane

Badges: If you would like the “Be Kind” badge created by Jena for Anti-bullying month, please Tweet, “I Lead with My Heart” to #INZPirEd-Bully and @JenaiaMorane and she will send you one
NOTE: Please be sure you follow @JenaiaMorane or she can’t send you the badge.

Resources: We will be compiling a list of blogs, links, books, articles, videos, etc. here. If you have something to suggest, please email to JenaBall@CritterKin.com

QUESTIONS

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RESOURCES

Articles and Blogs

1. “Missed Opportunities” by Travis Jordan: http://travisjordan31.blogspot.com/2014/12/missed-opportunities.html

2.  “Beyond a Bully Brain Lies …” by Dr. Ellen Weber: http://www.brainleadersandlearners.com/general/beyond-a-bully-brain-lies/

2. “Teachers Bullied by Colleagues-In their own words” http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teachers-bullied-by-colleagues-1-todd-finley

3. “50 Posts on Bullying all Teachers should read”  http://www.mastersineducation.com/50-blog-posts-on-school-bullying-that-every-teacher-should-read/

4. “How a Child Becomes a Bully and What to Do About It” by Sonali Gupta  http://theswaddle.com/how-a-child-becomes-a-bully-and-what-to-do/

5. “How to Help Your Child Deal with Bullying” by Sonali Gupta: http://theswaddle.com/how-to-help-your-child-deal-with-bullying/

Videos

1. A Girl Like Her
Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTU-P8b_UKo
Movie Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExmP-8qfALM

2. Take a Stand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcgAF8GcBIw

3. Stand Up, Stand Strong: The Consequence of Words (Student Produced): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYYSFpFGRBE

4. Bullying – A Silent Call For Help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL95YJQib-0

5. Ellen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6RDpOGqeCg

6. Bully Documentary – Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRCM5bRXl-k

Bully Documentary Full Version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgnLUMjWfuA

7. The Cyber-Bullying Virus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5PZ_Bh-M6o

8. Cyber Bully (Full Movie): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be6gjjWdUw4

QUOTES

1. “One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.”  – Michael J. Fox

2. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”  – Desmond
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3. “What if the kid you bullied at school, grew up, and turned out to be the only surgeon who could save your life?”  – Lynette Mather

4. “When people see you’re happy doing what you’re doing, it sort of takes the power away from them to tease you about it.” – Wendy Mass

5. “Things will get easier, people’s minds will change, and you should be alive to see it.”  – Ellen DeGeneres

6. “Don’t turn your face away. 
Once you’ve seen, you can no longer act like you don’t know.
Open your eyes to the truth. It’s all around you.
Don’t deny what the eyes to your soul have revealed to you.

Now that you know, you cannot feign ignorance.
Now that you’re aware of the problem, you cannot pretend you don’t care.
To be concerned is to be human.
To act is to care.”  –  Vashti Quiroz-Vega

7.  Blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.”

8. “How people treat other people is a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves.”

9.  “Stand up for what is right, even if you stand alone.”

10. “You can’t fix yourself by breaking someone else.”

11. “Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.”

12. “Be yourself because the people who mind don’t matter, and the people who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

13. “You can spend a lifetime trying to forget a few minutes of your childhood.”

14. “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”

15. Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”  – Anne Frank

16. Prove Them Wrong.

17. Be strong enough to stand alone
Smart enough to know when you need help
And brave enough to ask for it.

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ORGANIZATIONS

1. Stomp Out Bullying: http://www.stompoutbullying.org/

2. PACER – http://www.pacer.org/bullying/

3. The Trevor Project: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

4.  It Gets Better: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/

5. The Jed Foundation: http://www.jedfoundation.org/

6.  Born This Way: https://bornthisway.foundation/

7. Neutral Corner: http://neutralcorner.org/