Tuesday, April 3, 2012

So, Was it good for you??? Well, i'd take it over a kick in the teeth....but I don't know if "good" is the word i'd use

The thing with bullying is it's taken hundreds of different forms because of the advancements of our technology over the years. I personally don't think it's anymore of a problem now in 2012 then it was back in the 70's and 80's when my father was in high school. It was just as much of an unspoken issue that was brushed aside and readily accepted as just one of those things everyone must go through like pimples, a bad haircut, a breakup or hangover.  

The turning a blind eye needs to stop though, and that goes for everyone from teachers, coaches, administrators, bus drivers, parents and the kids themselves. Teens and young adults feel enough pressure as it is navigating the perils of puberty without adding anymore shame, embarrassment, fear to the list of feelings bouncing around in their heads.  

If they went to get a haircut and the barber accidentally messed up to a shy 9th grader this could already feel like the end of the world complete with visions of hundreds of all pointing and laughing. When a bully makes that nightmare a reality, even if it's most likely to a lesser extent, it can be devastating. We have all heard about the suicides that have occurred in the last year. 

Now, imagine that was your son, daughter, sister, brother, cousin, aunt, uncle, nephew, or whoever else. Have you laughed at someone getting picked on? I have. Have you ever make fun of someone? I have. It's not about the past though, let's all learn from our mistakes and make changes. If you see someone getting made fun of, let them know that they have a friend. Just a little comment can defuse the situation and mean the world to a kid, let's all do our part, as little as it may seem, you may even save a life......
Link to article on Gawker.com-Virtues of being bullied