Teen queen Demi Lovato seems to have it all: A starring role next to Joe Jonas in “Camp Rock,” an upcoming Disney TV show (“Sonny With a Chance”), a hit CD, and a million-dollar smile. But she told Entertainment Weekly that life was anything but perfect back in school in Texas. ”I asked to leave public school,” she says. ”I was kind of bullied. I had a hate wall in the bathroom, and everyone signed a petition that said ‘We all hate Demi Lovato.”’
If someone as seemingly perfect as Demi Lovato can be bullied, what hope do our kids have? Momlogic asked Ross Ellis, founder and chief executive officer of Love Our Children USA, the national nonprofit leader on child violence prevention, for tips on protecting our children.
Kindness starts at home: “The reality is, any kid can become a bully or be victimized themselves, so it’s crucial to take preventative measures now,” says Ellis. “Bullying is a learned behavior. So when kids see you criticize others (“Can you believe what Jill was wearing?”), they mimic your actions out in the world. What’s more, insecurity usually triggers a bully’s behavior. So raising confident and empathetic children will have a two-fold effect: Not only will your kids have positive self-esteem, but they’ll be more likely to stand up for other kids who are being harassed.” Full story.