I came across this video on Facebook this afternoon and it really moved me. Wil Wheaton is asked by a young girl about being called a nerd at school. I know that not everyone is a fan of Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me, Start Trek: Next Generation, The Guild, Big Bang Theory and more), but here he talks about bullying in a really powerful moment.
I think the advice is wonderful and I have already shared it with some of my students.
I don’t agree with everything Wil Wheaton has to say here – for instance I am not sure that pity is always the right response, and he goes very close to stereotyping “jocks” and the like – but most of it is pure gold. As someone who spent a longtime embarrassed about his interests and hobbies I totally get what Wil Wheaton is talking about here. As a father of a little girl who loves Pokemon and a little boy obsesses with telephone booths and space, I plan on keeping this video around to help me talk to them in the future.
What do you think? What do you tell your kids about bullying? Who would you like to deliver a similar message to your kids (or kids in general)?