Hi, Raeme here again. Transitions is my specialty, my thing you might say.
In the past twenty years, I have noticed more and more students transitioning from high school to the real world of work and/or college who have very limited skills in dealing with strangers, bullies and predators.
Our students have been victimized over and over again because of the stigma surrounding them and the fact that they can be easy prey. Predatory actions seem to have increased or at least we hear a lot more about it as the availability of news had increased dramatically over the past several years.
As a parent who has children with unique challenges I am super reliant on their case managers within the school system. We, myself included, are spoiled in how we can just call our case manager and let her know how the weekend went, what behaviors transpired in the morning, medications etc… And when there is an issue at school we ask them to intervene.
I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing but we need to empower our kids to stand on their own two feet and not completely rely on Mom and Dad or the case manager. Professionals in the community, such as myself, need to assist these individuals in a seamless transition from school and to become self-aware, advocate for themselves and learn to communicate effectively.
Reality is that I know of two female students who were sexually assaulted at work or on the bus because they were easy prey.
Victims tend to not speak up for the fear of being terminated and losing credibility. It is a subject that does not get enough attention.
These females were naïve of their surroundings and had no tools to understand a protocol on who to reach out to.
In my profession, I often become the “go to” person that is in the individuals corner. Our students are scared to tell others of their fears and uncertainties. We must become social workers, case managers, reporters, and the police in crisis situations.
What do you feel is the best practice for not only assisting our students to be aware of the boogie man but to educate them and their parents? What tools should we assist our students when the bully is your mom, dad or foster parent? Our children need the tools to be equipped for an outside/inside world that can sometimes be cruel and very scary.
It is critical your children to be aware of their surroundings. We want our children to live happy, productive lives but we also want them to be aware that there are bullies and predators out there. Help them to learn to say “No” and that it’s ok to reach out to a trusted adult when they are afraid or unsure.
Your thoughts, ideas and experiences are always welcome.
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