What the Keaton Jones Bullying Story Tells Us About Young Men Today

The internet is forever. It is the most powerful tool in humanity’s arsenal and it is unrelenting and it is cruel. This is a lesson parents should be teaching their children over, and over, and over again. Which is why it’s so disappointing to see parents not only not understand the internet, but also subject … Continued

Parenting

What Parents Should Know About Facebook’s New Messenger Kids

Naomi Schaefer Riley’s new book, Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat, will be published January 8, 2018. When it comes to children and technology, we always seem to be worried about the wrong things. If you needed any more confirmation of this, just check out the media coverage of Facebook’s … Continued

Parenting

What Those Anti-Bullying Ads Fail to Understand About Human Nature

It takes a village to stop a bully. This seems to be the implication of a couple of recent PSAs—one by Burger King and one by Monica Lewinsky—which show how people react when someone nearby them starts to say mean things about someone else. In the Burger King video, a high school freshman is harassed … Continued

Culture

Women’s Basketball Has a Dirty Little Secret: Bullying

There are certain narratives about discrimination and prejudice in our culture that do not lend themselves to any form of deviation. Rich people mistreat poor people. White people aren’t comfortable with “people of color” moving into their neighborhoods. Straight kids bully the gay kids. These formulas become easily recognizable to those who regularly follow the … Continued

Culture, Sports

Are Smartphones Causing Spike in Depression Among Teen Girls?

What will it take for us to turn off our phones? A study published in the December issue of Pediatrics found that depression rates among adolescents and teens had increased significantly over the past decade. As one parenting magazine summarized the findings: “Using data from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, researchers found … Continued

Culture

Photoshop Bullying is Evidently a Thing Now

In recent years, bullying has become a regular issue in the cultural landscape. The month of October is officially “National Bullying Prevention Month,” and numerous movies and books about bullying have flooded the market. This is all well and good, and it raises awareness about an important subject. But there is also the question of … Continued

Culture

Does Girl Power = Mean Girls?

This past Saturday was Mean Girls Day, the day fans of the 2004 movie Mean Girls, which starred Lindsay Lohan, recalled its message about bullying in Girl World. In the real world, kids can be cruel, and preteen girls are among the cruelest. Often both sensitive and insecure, girls have made a science of using … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Draco Malfoy’s Bad Boy Appeal

As any novelist will tell you, fictional characters, once released into the world, take on a life of their own in the minds and hearts of readers. They no longer belong solely to the writer. Once a character transitions from page to screen and becomes embodied by a flesh-and-blood actor, he or she drifts even … Continued

Books, Entertainment, Movies

Monica Lewinsky’s Comeback

Monica Lewinsky is back—and her return to the public sphere has been greeted with both applause and derision throughout the media and general public, as many suggest that she’s using her past scandal as fuel for fame. We may view her return dubiously, especially in light of Hillary Clinton’s likely upcoming campaign for president. And … Continued

Culture

Could a Tennis Ball Have Stopped Elliot Rodger?

Hitting a tennis ball against a wall. That’s the way we used to deal with it. If you were frustrated about a girl, or angry about something, or even just bored on a summer day, my father would walk up and present you with two objects: a tennis ball and a tennis racket. He didn’t even … Continued

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