Bullying has become such an issue lately. I’m not saying it hasn’t always been there. It was certainly an issue in my childhood as well, but the depths and technology that the kids will go through and use today has surpassed anyones wildest imagination.
There are so many new ways for them to reach each other in order to bully, and nothing is sacred anymore.
- Cell phones = texting, phone calls
- Social Networking = posting photos, writing on walls, being able to tag
- Videos = taken by phone, youtube posted videos, etc.
- School = teachers who don’t wish to get involved, teachers who tolerate much more than they used to, teachers who do not follow through because of laziness, fear or bullying by parents.
It’s happening everyday, and sometimes, these things are worse than others. Many lead to deaths by suicide or a child turning to drastic measures to hurt themselves.
– sadly Phoebe Prince was bullied so long and so hard and the ones doing it were relentless, that she turned to suicide. This is not the ending that anyone wants to see. So many lives were affected with this story, and I so wish something could have been done before it was too late.
Awhile back I joined Young Adult Authors Against Bullying. As someone who was bullied in my youth, I am not blind to the need for us to do something before its just too late. Together, the authors involved collaborated and assembled a book titled Dear Bully, where 70 authors tell their stories about being bullied and bullying.
The anthology “Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories” from HarperCollins comes out August 2011, edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones. http://www.dearbully.com/
If you haven’t seen them yet, I’m not sure where you’ve bee hiding, but building tolerance in the LGBT community, the “It Gets Better!” series hits full force with some of the most popular celebrities creating videos to spread awareness and tell those that are suffering that “It Get’s Better!”.
There are hundreds of thousands of videos on youtube for the “It Gets Better” series, created by corporations, big and small businesses and individuals, celebrities and musicians who are helping to spread the word about LGBT bullying. THIS is the type of thing people should be doing to support ALL bullying! Would love to see a movement started for Bullying in general.
What are your thoughts on all of this?