Bullying is everywhere. A very well-known and highly publicized problem these days. Bullying has been around forever. So, why does it seem so much worse now? Sometimes I wonder if things really are getting worse, if the world is just a mess, or if we are just perceiving things to be worse. However, when it comes to bullying I do believe that the problem is now worse because of things like the internet, technology, social networking, you name it. Today bullies have many more ways to be cruel. Harassing and tormenting is a piece of cake. And, much easier because the bully doesn’t have to look face-to-face with the one they are bullying. Phones and internet make it that much easier. That much more extreme.
When I lay in bed at night and think about this world our kids live in today I am in disbelief. We have so many things. So many good things, but then so many bad things. Why do the good have to have bad too?
It makes me sick to my stomach to think that kids can treat others the way they do. How can they really torment another child to the point of suicide? What is going on in their heads to make them do something of that nature?
So, I have decided to join a team of parents, teachers, faculty and students at my children’s middle school. The team has been put together to combat bullying. I firmly believe that people must get involved, so that is what I am doing. I am glad to have this opportunity to do something for my kids and the kids in our community.
So now, the plan. We need to brainstorm and come up with a plan to tackle one of the biggest issues kids are dealing with in today’s society, and do it the right way. But, what is the right way?
The feeling is that we empower kids. We basically put power in the hands of the kids. We show all of the kids that these kids are what they should follow. The powerful kids.
This concept was recently demonstrated on Dateline in an episode called Perils of Parenting. If you missed it, it is a must see. The show demonstrated how once a child speaks up against a bully, others may follow.
Our task is big. We need to come up with a way to empower our kids. This is not always an easy job. Some kids are not as ‘empowerable’. Personalities are different.
Some wonder if this will have an opposite effect and single out the ‘powerful’ and put them on a pedestal.
What do you think? Do you believe in teaching empowerment in schools? Do you believe in putting these athletic stars and well-known kids on posters against bullying and making them a role model? Do you think it may backfire? What are your thoughts?