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OK… I turned 50 this year… so if my math is correct, it’s been a full 31 years since I’ve been a teenager. But ‘back in the day’, things were a lot different. I remember being bullied on the bus by a kid three grades older than me that said he was going to do something terrible to me with a knife (which he pulled from his pocket).  Of course, it was harmless.  Not that the 1 1/2 inch blade on his pocket knife wouldn’t have hurt.  He was all talk (which I know now)… but when you’re 8, you don’t have that filter. I also remember having to wait in line at my high school to use the pay phone.  I needed to call home to ask my mom to come and pick me up after a practice or event.  (For those under 30, pay phones were these weird contraptions that acted much like a cell phone does today, only they were about a hundred times larger than a cell phone and had a slot for a dime (or later, a quarter) to make a call. Today things are much different. No more pay phones.  We carry more technology in our pockets today that we could have ever dreamed of 31 years ago. And while in-person bullying takes place today, much of that has moved online; and many times is much meaner and much more serious that what I ever had to deal with. Take for instance this graphic describing some of what our teenagers are dealing with: keep reading