By Beth Dalbey
A heartbreaking rash of suicides among adolescents and young teens illustrates how debilitating bullying and cyberbullying, the online form of childhood hazing, can be. A new campaign to combat it is aimed at where bullying most often starts, according to research, most pervasive: in middle schools.
The idea behind the Middle School Kindness Challenge, a project of the nonprofit group Stand for Children, is to make learning about kindness and being kinder to one another as much a part of daily school activities as reading and arithmetic. By April 15, the group hopes every middle school in America will sign up for the free, 30-day, research based online program to teach and foster kindness.