In this interview, Lisa Chapman, host of the Imperfect Mom Life podcast and Dr. Free Hess get raw, real, and authentic about what teens and pre-teen’s are really facing in this digital world. From YouTube to SnapChat to Instagram…this is the first generation that our children are facing things that we never had to. The statistics are showing that our kids are more anxious, depressed, having self harm thoughts, suicidal thoughts…and worse than that, taking action and committing suicide. In so many ways, the online world is uncharted and new territory for us.

Dr. Hess is a Pediatrician who works in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, a Child Saftey expert, and founder of PediMom.com, but her most beloved job is being a mom to her 8 year old daughter. She has a crazy but beautiful life and is thankful for every day.
The most universal comment that kids are saying is:
People do not understand me.

 

Here is the blog post that went viral. Dr. Hess found a YouTube video that literally said, “Listen up kids, Side ways for attention, up and down for results.” while a male figure motioned on his arm.

Dr. Hess is taking a stand about protecting our kids and being active in their lives. We need to be having conversations with our kids and truly understanding what they are experiencing… What they are feeling…

And they need to know that we are relatable and they can trust us!

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255
“We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.”

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1 COMMENT

  1. I actually believe schools do know so much more about bullying. I believe that they actively work to avoid any culpability. This is evident in their victim blaming and anti-bullying posters.

    The first step any parent needs to take when they find out their child is being bullied is to document every detail of every incident you’re aware of. Email this to the school– at least the principal and the child’s counselor. This way they are on notice with documentation that they absolutely know this is going on. (Many legal case transcripts reveal schools claim they weren’t made aware of incidents. This was often the result of verbal conversations between parent and school– always write an email documenting ALL verbal conversations to avoid this. )

    This is a crucial step! You’d be surprised how many parents don’t do this and rely on phone calls.

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