Preventing Bullying: Building a Culture of Civility

In my professional life, I have been working with the folks at Global Ascension Productions to launch a series of video seminars designed to help schools prevent identity-based bullying.  What’s identity-based bullying, you might ask?

The video seminar series, entitled A Culture of Civility (stay tuned . . . the site’s a work in progress), is meant to engage the entire school community in discussion and action to prevent identity-based bullying.

As such, bullying’s been on my mind, and like most people who follow the news cycle, I was shocked to see this:

Pretty terrible stuff.  While I was in Chicago this weekend, I crafted a response:

So this is our call to action.  What are you going to do to begin building a culture of civility in your community?


2 thoughts on “Preventing Bullying: Building a Culture of Civility

  1. I felt awful after watching that video, but I am glad that Karen Klein is getting somewhat of a happy ending. I think she deserves it and I’m glad that she is donating some of that money to charity and good causes. I wrote an article yesterday about her story and the power of the Internet and social media. Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out:


  2. I think you’re right on, Jamie, with it being about community involvement – not just about individuals.

    A friend and I were just talking about how we can’t imagine what high school would’ve been like with social media – for a lot of reasons – but obviously one that came up was how it inflames bullying. We were saying how it must be SO hard to parent that… and yet, really, if we teach basic civility to our children and to each other as a larger community, worrying about specific things would not be a problem.

    Thanks for all you do!!

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