There’s an old saying: “sticks and stone may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Words can hurt, and they can do a lot of damage to a person’s self-esteem. You might wonder why I mentioned that saying. Did you know that October, in addition to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is also National Bullying Prevention month? Not a lot of people realize that it is because it can sometimes get overshadowed.
And bullying should never be overshadowed.
We all know what bullying is, or we think we do. Most people think that bullying is just physical behavior such as fighting, hitting, or name calling. While that is the more overt form of bullying, the act of bullying has evolved to be much more than just getting shoved around and called names. It can be kept under wraps by leaving someone out on purpose or gossiping about another person. Bullying also happens online through social media and through text messages. Bullying has become a serious problem here in the United States, and it can have a serious impact on those being bullied. That impact can be so serious that a person’s entire world can feel like it is crumbling down around them.
Sometimes the impact can lead to a student feeling so alone and so helpless that they take their own lives.
How many of us have seen someone being bullied and never did anything about it? Maybe you were the one being bullied, or you were the bully? We have all been in one of these three situations at some point in our lives, and that is a very sad fact. No one should feel afraid to go to school because they do not want to be picked on that day. No one should have to come home from school and find that a bully has reach them through their computer or their cell phone. I say that nobody should, but some people do.
For anyone who feels that they are being bullied, there are safe places that you can go to talk about what’s happening and to take action. Anyone can talk about being bullied, but taking action is what is going to help the situation and help the people who are involved. Kids can go to http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/ to learn more about bullying and to learn what to do if you are being bullied. Teens can go to http://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/ to learn more about bullying, learn what to do if they are being bullied, and to learn how to take action against bullying.
It is an epidemic that is sweeping this country and leaving a trail of damage in its wake. We can stop this from happening as long as we open our eyes to what is right in front of us and take action. If you want to be a part of the solution, then go to Pacer.org and sign the petition to let world know that you will not stand for bullying.