Regular readers of Connect with your Teens know that I’ve written many times about bullying and how I feel strongly that we must all do our part to put an end to it. That is why is was thrilled to be asked to be a part of a new campaign on bullying by TakePart, a news site whose parent company produces socially relevant films to help change the world. (I am being paid for writing this post, but I would have done it for free.)
I still remember seeing kids being bullied in school when I was growing up (and that was a long time ago). I was never bullied and I never bullied anyone and I never cheered. I always felt terrible for the person being bullied. But to this day I still regret the one thing I never did. I never told. I never went and got help. I just ran away so I could forget it was happening and that I am truly sorry for.
Please don’t look back like I did and wish you did something to stop a bully. PLEASE SIGN THIS PLEDGE AND TAKE A STAND AGAINST BULLYING!
The worst part of bullying is that it can change lives forever. Because of the shame attached to being bullied, I can’t imagine that is something one ever gets over. I think we have to hold bullies partially responsible for all the school shootings. I’m pretty sure almost all of the shooters had been bullied in their past.
We must pledge to do something. Parents must pledge to stop their children from becoming bullies. If you bully your child, they will bully others. Anyone that works at a school must pledge to look out for the kids being bullied and stand up for them. Please don’t look the other way. And adults must pledge not to bully others also. It isn’t only kids that are bullies.
Full disclosure: Although I received payment from TakePart to write this post, everything I wrote was from the heart and completely came from me.
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