Is your goal as a parent to raise strong, independent children? What about raising kids who are also kind and treat others with respect? How about raising children to stand up to bullies?
For the last year and a half, my daughter has been the target of a bully. We have taught her to report the situation and what to say to tormentors, such as, “Back off,” “Leave me alone,” “That wasn’t nice,” etc.…but this has all been proven ineffective. Her teachers are incredible and have done what they can to help mitigate the situation, but it continues, leaving us doubting administration and bullying policy implementation at her school. In fact, the district’s bullying policy goes from talking about an investigation to encouraging you to just transfer school districts…with no true helpful information or repercussions in-between.
Before I go further, I want you to know that 20% of students nationwide are bullied. According to a Washington State Healthy Youth Survey, children who are bullied often go on to develop anxiety and depression, one-quarter of teens who reported being bullied attempt suicide.
NO PARENT should have to hold their sobbing child as they express their hurt and isolation due to a bully who consistently works to turn everyone against her, much less seeks to harm her physically any chance she gets.
If you ignore it, they will think it is OK.
Is my child perfect? No, after all, she is just human. But bullying is not okay, and we must work to make a better world for our children.
Studies have shown that adults can help prevent bullying by talking to children and encouraging them to do what they love while showing them how to be kind and respectful to others in the process. I am posting this transparent message to urge you to speak to your children about aggressive behavior and encourage them to stand up for those that are being picked on…because victims cannot stop the torment on their own.
Let’s make waves together in schools everywhere to ensure proper safeguards for our children are in place. I am in this fight, and I will not stand down. Will you join me?