Suicide of Rutgers student who was bullied
The suicide of a Rutgers student whose sexual encounter was live-streamed onto the internet should make every parent and teacher think deeply about what we teach our children about social media, but even more importantly, about what we say about living your life each day in a way that does not hurt others.
As parents, perhaps we should stop taking for granted that our children know how to be kind to their peers. Maybe we need to have more pointed conversations around the dinner table. Maybe we need to say each morning when our children walk out the door:"Be kind to others." instead of "Work hard." or "Have a nice day."
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a statement today about bullying which is worth reading. It provides a reminder to parents, teachers and students, particularly those who hear derogatory statements about gays and do nothing.