So we all know that bullying has been in the news quite a bit over the last few years. I know I haven’t been a kid for a loooong time and that times change, but I keep thinking that surely the bullying in 2011 can’t be that much different than the bullying was…well, let’s just say a while ago. I was a tall, skinny black kid with red glasses living in a very WASPY world – trust me, I was teased. A few girls tried to punk me on the bullying tip, but I pretty much told them I’d fight them whenever, wherever. The fact that I’d never had a fight in my life didn’t stop me from talking big noise. They backed down and left me alone. I don’t remember anyone that I went to school with committing suicide – or attempting to – because they were being bothered at school.
What do y’all think? I think it’s a shame that kids can’t fight without being kicked out of school and/or having charges filed against them. I think it’s a shame that kids don’t fist fight any more – that guns prevail more often than not. I think not enough parents are telling kids to stand up for themselves. I think not enough parents are telling their kids to treat others nicely. I think that today’s kids are kind of soft – not very many of them seem to be able to be teased without snapping off.
I’m in no way blaming the victims, but I can’t help but wonder what parents tell their school aged children nowadays. What coping mechanisms, if any, they teach.
What issue(s) do you all think are responsible for what seems to me to be a pretty sudden incerase in bullying cases across the country? What, if anything, do you say to your children if they’ve been bullied/teased/harassed?