>When I was a child, most adults had this automatic answer to reports from kids about name-calling and teasing: Stick and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you. We’ve learned a lot about the painful impact of bullying in recent years and this clip from Anderson Cooper, in an interview on the Ellen DeGeneres show, reveals how words can truly devastate:
I heard my daughter explain to a peer the other day, “Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can really hurt too, so be careful what you say.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
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Signe Whitson is an author and educator on bullying, crisis intervention, and child and adolescent emotional and behavioral health. In her articles, books, and training workshops, Signe provides down-to-earth, practical advice for professionals and parents on navigating the daily challenges of living and working with children, tweens and teens.