She has contributed several pieces on the topic of bullying to EmpoweringParents.com.
Ms. Moss has worked as an assistant attorney general in the civil rights unit of the Maine Department of Attorney General and as associate director of the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence. She now works with schools, both as a consultant to the Center and independently, to prevent bullying and teasing. Her extensive background enables her to describe the devastating physical and emotional impact of bullying, harassment, and hate violence through the voices of students who have been targeted and also through the lens of educators, parents, and law enforcement personnel working to prevent violence from occurring in the first place. Ms. Moss has provided workshops to students and teachers from kindergarten to the college level in Maine, Tennessee, Toronto and points in between, helping students and educators create school environments that feel safe for everyone.
Ms. Moss currently lives with her husband, John Beebe, and their children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Ms. Moss graduated from Princeton University and the Washington College of Law at American University.
She received her MFA in creative writing from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine.
A Word from Peggy Moss, JD
“Is your child being bullied? Don’t make the assumption that she’s done something to bring on the teasing. Teasing isn’t always logical, and for your kid it doesn’t matter why — it just matters that it’s happening. Listen in a nonjudgmental way. Your child needs to know that she’s being heard and that her feelings matter. If your child is being bullied, let her come up with ideas on how she might respond. Help her see that this is a problem she can solve on her own terms.”
Girl bullying. Mean girls. Relational bullying. Whatever you call it, it's bullying and most girls will experience some form of it at some point during their childhood.
I recently gave a talk about bullying to a group of parents in my city. Afterward, a nervous-looking dad approached the front of the room to ask me... Read more »
Empowering Parents caught up with Peggy Moss, a nationally known expert on bullying and a tireless advocate for the prevention of hate violence, to discuss bullying and what parents can do when they suspect their child is being bullied. And what they can do—together—to try to stop it.
Q. Are name-calling and teasing just part of... Read more »