Bullying is on the rise in America!
In the last newsletter I shared the top 6 responses received from this question posed to parents, What are the biggest challenges for parents in today’s world? And, I promised to address these briefly in this newsletter. However, as I began to research it became apparent that one newsletter will not be enough to address them all. So, I’ll address 1 issue per month. This month let’s look at bullying. It is one of the top concerns for parents today.
It seems that bullying is on the rise and the number of causes we attribute to bullying are as vast as the stars. My brain became overloaded with data. Yet in all of the opinions and a myriad of ways to combat it, I concluded, the most common sense reason that children bully other children is their home life. This is where the seeds of insecurity, lack, abuse (verbal and physical) and the like, are first planted into the heart and mind of children. And those seeds grow when children find themselves in situations where they feel it safe to express the pent up emotions of insecurity, fear, anger, etc. Generally they take it out on those they deem weaker than themselves. Read this great article that addresses the many issues dealing with bullying.
There are different venues where bullying actually occurs: at home, at school, in social gatherings, and online. In an article written on “Bullying Statistics”, the writer states, Based on the bullying statistics we found, it is clear that cyber bullying is on the rise more so than any other type of bullying. Many students report seeing these types of bullying in chat rooms, social networking websites like MySpace.com and Facebook.com.
If you haven’t had a sit-down lesson with your children about how to interact on social media, now would be the time. In today’s electronic age it’s more important than ever to teach children how to interact with others.
Have a wonderful month!
P.S. Anna and her friends deal with a bully in their school they nick-named, Tom the Bomb (Book #3, The Hayride). Eventually, Cayden’s gift of mercy helps Tom overcome (Book #7, Cayden and Mrs. Jules).