Archive for March, 2011

Should Bullying Victim Have Been Punished?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Casey Heynes, a 16 year-old Australian, was repeatedly picked on by his peers at school for being overweight.  Last week he finally had enough.  He stood up to his bully, throwing him to the ground, which was caught on video and ignited a debate on the issue of bullying and how it is handled.  View the video at here Casey Haynes bodyslams bully richard gayle

The video demonstrates how Casey picked up his bully and slammed him to the ground.  Both Casey and the bully have been suspended from school.  Many people are outraged by the punishment Casey has received at his attempt to fight back and stand up to his bully.  An Anonymous message sent to the school read “We have had enough of this bigotry. They failed at providing a violence-free environment for their students, and when Casey took things in his own hands they bitchslapped him for defending himself.”

Is it right that both boys were suspended from school? Why didn’t bystanders try to stop the abuse? What can schools do to prevent this sort of situation?


Teens on Facebook

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Most parents’ that live in Northern California (Silicon Valley Headquarters) tend to be pretty tech-savvy and “in the know.”  But, I’ve been surprised to find out that most parents are just the opposite when it comes to Facebook and how their children use this powerful social network.

And, I’m totally shocked that most parents’ have no idea that Facebook requires kids to be at least 13-years-old to sign up.  And then talk about a shocker – it’s not unusual that parent’s didn’t realize that once asked, they find out that their 10-year-old already has a Facebook page, has already friended their 289 friends, and posted all of their pictures and videos… and let’s just add fuel to the fire – they also put their name, address and phone number AND forgot to set their privacy settings to private.  YIKES!

Forgot?  Maybe that’s a bad choice of words.  Really, there child was never told by their parents (or anyone else) what to do and what NOT to do when it came to belong to a social network.