San Francisco, CA— How do you tell a story to children about the tragic death of a friend as a result of unrelenting bullying? Award-winning San Francisco based visual artist, Marconi Calindas, and up-and-coming writer, Adam Cafege, have teamed up to tell such a story in a sensitive and imaginative way. Their new book deals with this socially relevant issue and its tragic consequences amidst a backdrop of color, bold lines, and hidden images in a new children’s book, “Of Petals and Hope: Sonny Sunflower Triumphs Over Bullying.”
What started with small comedy acts and local gigs has now become a full-scale rock and roll comedy show. Josh and Gab started performing local comedy spots in their town, and a local school district took notice.
In a bullying situation, we typically pay more attention to the victim of the bullying than we do to the bully themselves. A recent study that appeared in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence has given us reason to direct our attention towards the bully, as writer Katherine Morales from UT Dallas explains.
According to a team of researchers at Penn State University and the University of South Carolina, team sports may do more than keep teens healthy. Participation in team sports can actually improve student's grades, and increase the likelihood of attending college after high school. No other after school activity has shown the same benefit, to the same degree, according to the researchers.
According to author Sarah Harris, team sports encourage adult-teen mentorship, teamwork, and positive peer relationships. The ability to work well with others, and develop social skills can also help teens learn time-management skills and collaborative attitudes. All of these traits can make a student more determined and goal-orientated, meaning that they are more likely to graduate high school and attend college.
These findings continued to be true throughout various cultures and locations, and did not change from urban to rural schools. Socio-economic status did not impact the positive effects of team sports. When you work towards a goal, such as in team sports, you gain more confidence, belief in your abilities, and the desire to succeed. Parents, students, and athletes would be interested in the findings, and can find the entire article on the Daily Mail website.
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Bullying does not have to be a one-way street, as Canadian artist Megan Landry proves. Landry was bullied at her school, and instead of sitting by and allowing the bullies to get the better of her, she created a song to address the problem. Then Landry went a step further, and created a beautiful music video called "Stronger, and posted it on YouTube.
Tens of thousands of viewers have shared the video, watched the video, and commented on how it has helped them overcome their tormentors. Megan Landry created the video with a couple friends, hoping that those who see it will feel empowered to move on from a bullying situation. Landry says that she knows the song is helpful, because there have been so many comments on YouTube expressing gratitude.
John M. Grohol from World of Psychology had the opportunity to interview Megan about her song and video. Even though Grohol praises Landry's talent and ability, she says she has no plans to become a professional musician any time soon. No matter what her future plans, Landry has already touched many youth and adults through her song, and the video is a moving reminder of the importance to go beyond our current situation. Both the bullied and the bully could learn a lot from watching Megan Landry's video, "Stronger".
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The level of depressed, anxious, and unhappy adults in our society continues to rise. The numbers have become so high that the World Health Organization has suggested that those who are diagnosed with clinical depression will outweigh those who have heart disease, cancer, or any other fatal health condition by the year 2020. While this idea in itself is shocking and eye-opening, it is necessary to examine why and how this has become the norm in our society.