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As a child and family therapist I have been assisting parents in having difficult conversations with their children on a variety of topics. As a parent I have had to have these same conversations with my own children.
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Things move at such a drunken, furious pace in the social media world that Trump's own press secretary cited this tragedy as proof that a ban on Muslim countries was sensible. Of course, this was still when a witness was being reported as the suspect. And by "suspect" I mean "guilty terrorist," naturally.
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Recently, I was fortunate enough to speak with Jennifer Murdoch, Associate VP, Counselling Operations, Counselling, Kids Help Phone. Jennifer shared with me more details on exactly what bullying is, and how you can help a young person you suspect may be being bullied.
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Don't judge someone's highlight reel until you've seen the blood, sweat and tears it took them to get there. Don't react to someone's success when you can choose to be inspired by their example. Because here's the truth behind the glossy photographs: We all have a story.
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Everyone is struggling and the cure isn't going to come from a Google suggestion. The conversations we are having now are important, especially when talking to teens about Internet use. For the teens that struggle with mental illness, however, this conversation is potentially life saving.
Heterosexist Muslims bring shame to themselves and their faith communities when they copy-paste verses and exegeses without an iota of tadabbur (reflection). In spouting off angrily, they completely ignore the call of the Qur'an to dialogue with best manners.
Go ahead and present me in a calm, polite way with evidence against my viewpoint, and I will read it with an open mind. I will happily engage in civil conversation with someone who doesn't agree with my take on something, because that sort of discourse helps my practice by teaching me about other perspectives.
Twitter is failing to protect users from cyberbullying and trolls, the social network's CEO Dick Costolo admits. Costolo made the comment in a leaked memo obtained by the technology and culture websit...
A Calgary father is threatening to sue someone who used a social networking app to post nasty comments about his teenage daughter. But there's a big problem: the comments are all anonymous. James Swan...
Spoken word artist Shane Koyczan has plenty of first-hand experience with bullying. As a child he was pushed around a lot, so much that for a while, he didn't really feel like he had a childhood at a...
TORONTO - Toronto police are investigating a Twitter account that purported to expose the sexual behaviour of high school students — a fate that some of its 1,500 teenage followers believe the victims...
Recently, I engaged in a bit of a Twitter-debate around Internet dangers and kids. Our children are making adult decisions online and it's argued that these protections should be the responsibility of social media companies. Those who oppose restrictions and protections argue that it is up to parents to teach children best judgement and to exercise common sense online. I think this is absolutely absurd.
I spend a lot of time thinking about intolerance and the various things that I do to combat it. Being a loudmouth who speaks out against hate on the Internet very rarely results in physical violence. Being a loudmouth who speaks out against hate in the real world is much more likely to result in broken bones, a smashed up face or even worse.