Expert Offers Bully Prevention Tips Many children with special needs experience bullying, and often they and their families are unsure of how to handle it and the best way to overcome the effects of bullying. Today I am interviewing an expert on the topic who has advice for all of us. Annie Fox, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, app developer, and youth empowerment activist. Her books include Too Stressed to Think?: A Teen Guide to Staying Sane When Life Makes You Crazy and the Be Confident in Who You Are (Middle School Confidential Series). You can learn more about Annie’s work with students, parents and teachers at I love your resource page, Cruel’s Not Cool on your site and your interactive Facebook page by the same name. You give hope to many who may have lost theirs by offering solutions to actively address a complex problem. About D.S. DS is the author of Delightfully Different, an inspirational, award winning, YA novel written to teach respect for differences.
Julia Bacha: Pay Attention To Nonviolence In this special year-end collaboration, TED and The Huffington Post are excited to count down 18 great ideas of 2011, featuring the full TEDTalk with original blog posts that we think will shape 2012. Watch, engage and share these groundbreaking ideas as they are unveiled one-by-one, including never-seen-before TEDTalk premieres. Standby, the countdown is underway! Watch Julia Bacha's talk on why we must pay attention to nonviolence. In many ways, 2011 was a year when the people finally had their say. From Cairo to Wall Street, throngs of frustrated yet invigorated civilians poured into the streets and took their societies' futures into their own hands. In 2012, we have both an opportunity and a responsibility to learn the necessary lessons from these movements, and to apply them to some of the world's most pressing problems. Many pundits have already written off 2012 as a year in which progress towards an equitable resolution to the conflict will be impossible.
School Bullying Prevention: Teach Empathy at Young Age Since the Jan. 14 death of Phoebe Prince, the 15-year-old in South Hadley, Mass., who committed suicide after being bullied by fellow students, many onlookers have meditated on whether the circumstances that led to her after-school hanging might have been avoided. Could teachers have stepped in and stopped the bullying? Could parents have done more to curtail bad behavior? Or could preventive measures have been started years ago, in early childhood, long before bullies emerged and started heaping abuse on their peers? Increasingly, neuroscientists, psychologists and educators believe that bullying and other kinds of violence can indeed be reduced by encouraging empathy at an early age. Without empathy, we would have no cohesive society, no trust and no reason not to murder, cheat, steal or lie. Although human nature has historically been seen as essentially selfish, recent science suggests that it is not. What the ancient Greeks intuited is supported by research today.