#MeToo Your Students are Harassed

It’s happening to your students

Vanessa looks all around before she takes a seat on the bus. Ever since she was touched inappropriately by a man on her way to school she doesn’t feel safe even when travelling in a group. Her youth worker asked why she didn’t tell the bus driver. She just shrugged.

Jill, 14, was on a mission trip watching the other team members perform a skit when a group of men in the crowd moved in around her and began to push her to the back of the crowd. She wonders what might have happened to her if she hadn’t struggled free and got back to her leader.

Ismay is sick of her jr high classroom. “Why do they always pick on me and the other girls!” she complained in small group.” She had been poked with pencils, found rude sketches with her name underneath, and received lewd comments almost daily. “Why don’t the teachers do anything about it!”

Harassment is a daily occurrence for some of your students. It happens at the mall, in classrooms and sometimes at youth meetings. Here are some things you can do to help your male and female students.

Parents: Are these Secret Texting Acronyms on Your Teen’s Phone?

As you would suspect, texting teens have created secret additions to our language.

Some of them like, (LOL) or (IDK) (TTYL) we’re pretty familiar with. But did you know that IWSN” means “I want sex now” or that IPN is “I’m posting naked?” LH6 means “Let’s have sex” and WTTP stands for “Want to trade pictures?”

While some teens text these and say they were only joking (JK), others teasingly use them to see how far their “friend” will go when (99) “parents are gone.” They also hope that parents won’t have a clue about what’s going on (KPC).

A good start for us is knowing what these  mean. Discussing texting terms, if you see them, is an important conversation to have with your son or daughter.

Here are some of the acronyms that some teens use and a few thoughts concerning how to respond: