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10 Teachable Moments

A first blog from Patch's new anti-bullying expert: Make Karen Klein's 10 minutes of verbal abuse on an upstate New York school bus into 10 teachable moments for your children, tweens, and teens.

It has been a week since Karen Klein, the 68-year-old upstate New York school bus monitor, endured more than 10 minutes of disturbing, disgusting, and ruthless verbal abuse

I am outraged every time I hear the four 7th graders’ repulsive and sickening taunts. The redeeming consequence is that the video that captured this brutal and horrific experience instantly went viral on the Internet!  

The media frenzy that followed has resulted in countless family, school, and national conversations about bullying. What a meaningful and significant event in the ongoing process of heightening bullying awareness! 

How have you turned Karen Klein's 10 minutes of abuse into “10 teachable moments” with your children? What did you say? How did they react? Did your kids comment on how they would have handled that situation on the bus? 

About the blogger: Judy S. Freedman is a licensed clinical social worker and bullying prevention specialist. She recently spoke at the National PTA Convention in San Jose, California.

Learn more about Judy and her book 'Easing the Teasing: Helping Your Child Cope with Name-Calling, Ridicule, and Verbal Bullying' at www.easingtheteasing.com

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Judy S. Freedman, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. June 28, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I am interested in knowing what you think appropriate and effective consequences would be?
Brian L. June 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM
You're jumping from one extreme right to the other. I'm not naive enough to say hitting your child wouldn't work, but there are other ways as well. I think the fact that people want to be friends before parents now a days is the bigger problem. Growing up with no structure or discipline can lead to behavioral problems. By that point I feel that coming down with an iron fist will only cause more issues. I was never hit, a lot of people I grew up with were never hit. We turned out just fine as well. And a comparison to Hitler, a delusional sociopath, doesn't really work. Beating someone predisposed to that kind of behavior never works and generally leads to more outlandish outbursts.
Brian L. June 29, 2012 at 12:29 PM
She's an older woman, probably could use some help. Under supervision have these boys give up a few weekends to do some yard work for her, get her groceries, "volunteer" at retirement homes and soup kitchens. And those kinds of things shouldn't have to come from a justice system or anyone except the parents. That would be a way to help teach them some manners and that she is someones parent and grandparent.
Judy S. Freedman, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. June 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Brian, What wonderful ideas!
Jim July 01, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Anybody see "Gran Torino"? Wait until some bigger kid kicks the crap out of these little morons. Maybe they will think more "empathetic" next time.

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