The Bully-Proof Campaign

February 22nd, 2012

A few months ago, I had the good fortune of being invited to attend a forum on the Anti-Bullying campaign of Reedley International School. This came at the heels of my own daughters’ bout with school bullies. So you can imagine how passionate I was…still am….about this.

Bullying, as we all know, is a prevalent evil that has become a big problem in almost all schools. The act of bullying isn’t confined to physical mauling and similar acts. Bullying can be in the form of verbal assault like name calling and teasing. Scare tactics is also another form of bullying. And in the school setting, taking of someone else’s things by force is another form of bullying.

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Bullies Not Welcome

February 22nd, 2012

Growing up, I had my fair share of dealing with bullies. It is a well known fact that any school yard is home to a posse of bullies. And with the school bully comes the school bullied. To be honest, I was both. I used to be bullied. Unfortunately, when I learned to stand up for myself, I also did some bullying…just a little.

Bullying need not be confined to physical acts of aggression. Emotional and mental torment also fall into the category.

Fast forward…..I have new bullies to deal with. It started with Gaby when she was in prep. Sometime around the middle of the schoolyear, I would catch this worried look on her face whenever I would drive her to school. It took a while before she finally […]  Continue Reading

Bring Your Own Mobile Phone

February 9th, 2012

My daughters’ school does not allow the students to bring their own mobile phones. Its the policy. However, they do make exceptions. Like when the kids are on a field trip or when there is a previous arrangement that the child will be picked up a little later than usual. In these cases, the phone has to be on silent and cannot be brought out until dismissal times.

We follow this rule. To the T. Despite the fact that I gave the girls their own simple mobile phones (free stuff from all these credit card and mobile network promos). They want to follow the rule. Even Adi, who has repeatedly declared that she WANTS her own Iphone (better check out those best buy coupons), is afraid to bring a phone to […]  Continue Reading