Sometimes our students need to hear a voice from their peers, especially when they are struggling as victims of violence or bullying. It is helpful (and just good) to know that someone has been through the ordeal and lived past being bullied by peers.
In recent posts, we have been discussing how violence is connected to heavy doses of shame. We surfaced that having healthy respect for yourself and for those you influence is one way to reduce shame. Another antidote to shame is healthy self-esteem.
In my last post I discussed the need for teenagers to have healthy role models as a way of creating their values and expectations which they use to define their lives. Having a sense of good role models helps them build healthy self-esteem.