President Obama was bullied because of his big ears and his name and convened a conference on the subject yesterday.

150 teachers, students and parents met to determine how to make communities and schools safer.

“As adults, we can lose sight of how hard it can be sometimes to be a kid,” Obama said. “It’s easy for us to forget what it’s like to be teased or bullied, but it’s also easy to forget the natural compassion and the sense of decency that our children display each and every day when they’re given a chance.”

According to the AP story on Yahoo News, “the White House says one-third of the nation’s students, or 13 million children, have been bullied. The issue is gaining attention in part because new technologies like Facebook and Twitter are used for bullying, and because of high-profile coverage of teens who committed suicide to escape the taunting.”

A national bullying expert, Dr. Kathryn Seifert, wrote an article on this subject for our site.  Read it here.

Has your child been bullied?  Do you know a child who has been bullied?  Tell us in the comments.

 

Posted by +Pat Wyman, author and founder of HowToLearn.com