Bullying doesn’t just appear in school with the big boy wanting your lunch money like Nelson off ‘The Simpsons’. its in schools, workplaces, homes, online, in sports teams. Bullying is everywhere and damage that is caused by bullying, isnt just going to go away after a couple of days.
the damage stays with you for life.
We heard or saw recently the YouTube clip that went a bit viral of the Australian boy that hit back on his Bully, infact he basically lifted him up and threw him on his head. there were facebook pages in support of him, he became a ‘hero’ for standing up to his bully.
how is it allowed to get this bad? how is it that others cant see this happening? why are our children too scared to say anything?
Bullying isnt just physical, its emotional, it makes a mental impact, it scars you for life.
Being bullied ruins your confidence and self esteem, it makes you feel like you are worthless, that you aren’t wanted around, that you are a nobody. Bullying makes you scared to interact with your peers, to join groups, clubs, to have friends. Bullying can cause depression, despair, such extreme loneliness.
30% of NZ students have been bullied at some time – this is only the statistic of it being reported though, i suspect its higher – Students who are a frequent target have a higher rate of mental health and psychological problems later in life.
Pink Shirt Day – today the 14th of April 2011 – is to raise awareness of bullying, its effects, and the belief that bullying, no matter what the circumstances, is wrong.
Bullying shouldn’t be tolerated. it shouldnt be wrong to speak out. our children and even ourselves should not feel intimidated and scared to make others aware of troubling situations, and yes, while the bullies themselves may have issues that need working on, the victims should have support too.
Dont just wear pink today though. have pink in your heart every day. if the situation arises to help, to make others aware, to support someone affected by bullying, then do it. speak out. its so wrong that its so common.