Why are girls between the ages of 10-14 killing themselves?

imagesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a stunning report that says that since 1999, suicide in the U.S. has increased by 24 percent.

Particularly hard hit are girls between the ages of 10 and 14. Who thinks of girls that young having suicidal thoughts? But there’s at least a partial explanation, and I wrote about it here, for Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT).

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4 responses to “Why are girls between the ages of 10-14 killing themselves?

  1. Nicely done! Great stuff.

  2. I wish there was a way to recognize bullying language online and then hold people & kids accountable for it. They should be shamed for trying to bully & shame another. Kind and supportive language should be honored and rewarded.

    Yet, look at the popularity of Trump and his bullying. Adults are giving mixed messages to kids. Is bullying ok when adults do it? I say no.

    • The Trump Effect in Schools, a SPLC report, covered by HuffPo:

      The report identified two troubling trends: more openly racist and vicious bullying of minorities, and more fear and anxiety among immigrants and minorities about what would happen to them if certain candidates for president are elected.

      “So many of my students have begun to show hatred towards refugees, low-income and poverty citizens, and there has been an increase in religious bias,” one teacher wrote. Scores of educators shared similar sentiments in the survey comments.
      “There’s a sense that if someone doesn’t agree with you, it’s acceptable (even encouraged) to have hatred and anger towards them,” wrote another.

      It’s impossible to teach children bullying is wrong when they see adults doing it.

      There is a way to recognize bullying online: active moderation. Children’s accounts on social media need to be watched. Not just by parents, but by the purveyors of social media who can employ technology to flag certain behavior. Disqus does it. The government does it. Social media has, in my opinion, as much a duty to participate in it as parents.

      Children need to be cognizant of accountability and consequence in all forms of social interaction.

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