As the new school year begins, more and more recognizable is the problem of bullying. While I suspect this has always occurred on some level, it seems as though over the years it has become more “sophisticated”, damaging and — in some cases — even deadly.
Whatever the results may or may not be for one individual victim, bullying is simply wrong. If you are a parent of a bullying victim, there are resources to help.
But, there’s also a person who can play a huge part, and this is the boy or girl who is neither the bully nor the bullied. He or she is able to attend school and focus on friendships, school work and, even the next school vacation.
If you’re the parent of this young person, how fortunate. So, if I may, let me suggest a terrific lesson for your son or daughter (or grandchildren) that will help them to become a real hero, feel good about themselves, and make a HUGE difference in the life of someone else.
I recently saw the following message on my great friend, Christie Ellis’ Facebook page:
This is a special request to all the kids returning to school as copied and pasted from a friend’s page, but I would like to point out…it’s more a special request to parents…I’ve had this conversation with my two every school year…and will have it again tonight.
Special request to all you kids returning to school:
If you see someone who is struggling to make friends or being bullied because he/she doesn’t have many friends or because they are shy or not as pretty or not dressed in the most “in” clothes — PLEASE step up. Say hi or at least smile at them in the hallway. You never know what that person might be facing outside of school. Your kindness might just make a BIG difference in someone’s life!
Extremely well said. So, have that talk with your child or children. Perhaps do a “role play” with them so they know what to do, what to say, and how to say it.
It will make a difference in the life of another, sure. And, it will make a huge difference in their life, as well.
Any other suggestions? Please feel free to share them here.