Raising Resilience: How All Adults Can Help Kids to Rise above Bullying

In recent years, bullying and cyberbullying have been linked to a spike in teen suicides, which has sparked a loud and clear public outcry to put a stop to bullying behavior. The media focus on bullying has forced parents, educators, and school administrators to take a step back and address the whole problem--starting at home, and extending to schools and entire communities.

Sometimes parents or others may see "getting picked on" by tougher kids and hassling weaker ones as a normal part of growing up, but is this always true?

How do adults know what type of behavior falls into the normal pecking order of childhood? And when it is bullying, how can we help our kids to rise above and beyond the situation?

In this webinar, you will:

  • Discover the real definition of bullying, and learn to recognize the difference between “bullying” and “conflict”.
  • Uncover why raising resilient kids is essential to rising above bullying.
  • Learn how to nurture your child’s resilience characteristics, like empowerment, empathy, and self-control.
  • Get empowered to activate schools and communities to nurture resilience in ALL kids.
  • About the Expert

    Doug Coatsworth is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University and co-director of the Family Intervention Science workgroup and the Promoting Empathy Awareness and Compassion in Education (PEACE) workgroup in the Penn State Prevention Research Center.

    For over two decades, his research and teaching has focused on understanding resilience in children and adolescents. He has studied and lectured about the personal, family, and community characteristics that help youth develop socially, emotionally, and academically despite stressful or adverse life circumstances. He has also helped design several family-based programs to promote healthier family relationships, to foster empathic and compassionate peer relationships, and to prevent adolescent substance use, academic failure, and other problem behaviors. Doug received his bachelor degree in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard College and his Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He lives in State College, PA with his wife and two sons.