Of particular interest was the importance of the roles teachers and parents play in helping students feel safe and navigate as they adjust to social cliques and efforts to belong. In my opinion, the all-too-common suggestion that they just "toughen up" doesn't adequately address the issues involved. Nor does it nurture an ecology where acknowledging and moving through fears breeds confidence due to one's honed adaptability. Though well-intentioned, it can discount instead of using the opportunity to help a child keep perspective and truly acquire healthy coping mechanisms.
Read the article here and let me know what you think.