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Project manager, Conscious Dimensions LLC.

Brooke, love your post. My

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Brooke, love your post. My team is working on games that help people to know themselves and others. We just released a game that showcases the 1st of 9 characters. His name is Ramthor. So far, the comments have been how scary he is, however, if one digs deep, works to understand his personality, they will see a very different character. Rage and fear, give into vulnerability.

This article hit me in a way

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This article hit me in a way where i experienced something different growing up. I was born deaf. I went to a public school full of hearing people and they were nice to me. They learned sign language and were able to communicate with me. I always thought i was lucky growing up because i have never dealt with that kind of stuff. Because usually people who are different deal with the harsh bullying. I have to be grateful for what didnt happen to me but i have always hate seeing other people oppressing women, weird how that was a bigger issue than me being deaf. I am involved in some organizations. We just have to keep spreading kindness and awareness to educate others. Make a wave is all we have to do to stop this. People will follow society and we are society. WE can change by starting together.

Eastern Oregon University Business Administration Student

It has been a long time since

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It has been a long time since I was in elementary school as well. I was not really the most popular guy, but I did find my place. I was athletic and was very competitive kid in elementary school. I did notice the cliques and popular groups demeaning kids for being different even back then. There was a boy in my 6th grade class named Ryan. He was poorly dressed, had bad hygiene, was very ill-mannered, and he was black. He lashed out a lot at people, but he was constantly being bullied. I tried my best to get people to stop bullying him because it was very clear how racist they were being. It didn’t always work, but I think I did my part to limit the bullying.
I ended up running into Ryan at Fred Meyer a few years later. We got to chatting about the past and how people treated him so terribly that he began to take drugs. He was not doing so well. I decided to be friends with him and show him that drugs are not worth it. Soon after, he started on a road to quitting drugs and making himself a better person. It was not long after that I started up some retail businesses and gave Ryan a job. I eventually moved him up to a supervisor position which really helped shape his life today. I haven’t seen him in a while, but from my understanding, he is doing quite well.
I think that everyone should reach out and give people a chance. Kindness is a wonderful thing!

Teaching Kindness

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What an inspiring video and blog post. As a new teacher, I had several incidents involving girls and bullying during the year that I felt I was unprepared for. It's not exactly the type of topic you take a college course on. I was horrified to hear some of the stories, and often times I had girls confide in me about the terrible things that were being said or done to them. There wasn't much I could do, other than refer them to the guidance counselors. I am looking at this as something I can do this year as a preventative measure. I feel like this would really hit home and start the year off on a good note. It would set my expectations from day one, and promote kindness in my classroom and hopefully beyond. Thanks for posting!

Although bullying may be more

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Although bullying may be more prevalent between girls it is also important to remember that more and more boys are also being bullied. It is a problem that young people have to face whether they are the bully, victim or bystander. It is important to note that the percentage of young people committing suicide is rising and that should not be accepted by society.

Bullying is a sad thing. It is great when people take a stand against bullying, but it should happen every time that bullying behaviors are seen. Teachers are mandated reporters therefore should be reporting when it happens at school because bullying can be classified as verbal or physical abuse. At home parents need to play a larger part in monitoring what their kids do online and if an issue were to ever arise, talk about it, and give appropriate consequences. Kids should hold each other accountable as well, not feed into negative pressure, and stand up against bullying.

Parent of 2 elementary school students in California

This was indeed a much needed

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This was indeed a much needed post. My youngest school age child shared with me an incident in class that involved two classmates teasing each other; at first they both thought it was amusing as each student thought of ways to tease the other at a much faster pace then previous (in order for the other to not have a "comeback" )and suddenly this teasing started to include race, physical features and cultural stereotypes, at which one child no longer thought this bantering was amusing. What was interesting to me was my child telling me that when one child wanted to stop the other child continued, and the teacher began to take notice (at this time) and considered this bullying. The students tried to explain the whole story but the teacher refused to listen and disciplinary action was brought against the student that didn't stop, but nothing happened to the one that did. My child was confused with what the school explains as bullying and what occurred in class.

Project manager, Conscious Dimensions LLC.

Teach Consciousness...

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Children today, as did we, learn their ABC's, but what about learning about themselves and then how they interact with others. Would another child step up to the bully and protect bullied?
Conscious Dimensions LLC. is dedicated to making a difference in the world, by educating as many as possible about the life-transforming power of conscious awakening, to live a life of whole-hearted receptivity and compassion for self and others for the continuation of all life. We feel this can be done through technology, entertainment and education.
Our group is in the process of getting support. Little bit of an uphill climb. But older folks go to corporations and more often than not get trained in Meyers Briggs or DISC. Why are we not helping students to find out about themselves as students?

Would love to hear thoughts on this from teachers! And by the way, I am practiced in consciousness, but continue to learn, and really learn from the materials created for these games!

Please check out this article

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Please check out this article with some important information regarding the lasting affects of bullying from childhood into adulthood. It has some valuable resources for those who are dealing with bullying or have dealt with this in the past. http://www.healthline.com/health-news/bullying-affects-victims-and-bulli...

mom and author of children's books that help build character

So often for us girls, it's

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So often for us girls, it's our own friends who do cruel things each other. One girl perceives a slight, and the only thing the other can think to do is retaliate. After watching my daughters struggle with this, I wrote a book for elementary age girls about rising above hurt feelings and dealing with the issues, without causing more hurt. Check it out at http://talkingtreebooks.com

Kindness

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What an inspiring post! I am currently involved in a PLC in my school that is focusing on Character Education. We recently had a group of local athletes come in to present about the prevention of bullying and it was well-received. I look forward to being able to preview the film "Finding Kind" and presenting it to my group of colleagues to see if this is something that they would be interested in presenting the student body. I would also be interested in talking to them about Kindness Week this week. Again, thank you for this timely posting, as students today have so many issues to deal with, many of which have to do with peers who are not nice to each other.

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