The Truth about Bullying
It's not okay for a child to be verbally abused because their hair is different, or their skin is a different color, or their clothes aren't like the other kids. It is certainly not okay for a child to be beaten up for any reason, but it happens daily. Society today (at least some) have become lazy with their parenting skills. No skills, actually. I look around and it saddens me that many parents have no clue what their children are doing, or don't care. I'm not blaming parents in all instances (peer pressure), but where else does it stem from. Think about it. If you're one of those parents who are involved with their children's lives and teach them courage and kindness will always prevail, you have the upper hand. Good for you! But what about those children who have no guidance. What path do you think those children will walk? I, certainly, don't have all the answers. I'm just a parent who is, pardon the cliché, sick and tired of witnessing children being tormented by other children who have inept parents.
Okay, what can be done? Well, I've found this website most helpful, and I hope you do as well. Below the link, you will find an article by girlshealth.gov that provides some creative ways for both boys and girls who either suffer from bullying or want to put a stop to it.
You can be someone who stops bullying before it even starts. How cool is that! Here are some ways to beat bullying at your school.
- Stand up for people who are bullied. Bullies often want an audience and approval. Let bullies know that you do not think being mean is cool.
- Take an anti-bullying pledge. Print out our pledge to stand up against bullying. Share it with your friends, and let people know what you believe. And share our anti-bullying image on Facebook too.
- Take action. See if you can start an anti-bullying club or prevention program at your school.
- Talk to other kids. Try to learn more about where bullying happens at your school. Talk about what might help. See if you and some friends can go together to talk to an adult at school.
- Talk to your teachers or principal. Let adults at school know that you care about this topic. Ask the school to host an assembly on bullying. Ask for an anonymous survey to learn how many kids are being bullied.
- Talk to your parents or guardians. Your parents or guardians can ask your school to focus more on bullying. We have information for adults on the bullying page in our section for parents and caregivers.
- Speak (and write) up! Write a blog, school newspaper article, or tweets to tackle bullying.
- Get creative. How about starting a poster-making or rap-writing contest? Check out more cool ideas, plus tools for having a group discussion on bullying.
All opinions are my own.