Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me? Who made up that load of BS? This childhood rhyme couldn’t be further from the truth. At least physical wounds heal – when they’re emotional wounds, you’re often scarred for life.
Kids are being bullied and are taking their own lives and the lives of others because they can’t take the pain any longer and don’t know how to deal with it. They would rather die and face the unknown instead of having to face the emotional and physical tormenting that many of them endure.
In a world where we often want to be different from everyone else, kids are being taunted for being ‘too different’. We are taught from an early age that if you’re different, be it physical, emotional, sexuality or beliefs, then you have a problem and are often outcast.
The victims vary but I would believe that it’s the quiet kids that don’t bother anyone or cause any problems and their only issue is that they won’t retaliate making them an easy target for this type of abuse.
The sad thing is that bullies usually have self-esteem issues themselves or problems of their own and the only way they know how to deal with it is to make someone else feel worse than they do. But that’s no excuse for what’s happening.
I was always a quiet kid when I was younger and there were times a kid – specifically the class bully – would try to get at me as I would rarely say anything back but I was blessed with an older brother who would do anything for his little sisters. My bro would be in protection mode and would always look out for the younger kids. Not everyone is blessed with their own bodyguard which would put the bully in check (without ever having to lay a hand on them).
We also live in a different time with social media being so prominent, one comment can go viral and be sent to many people within seconds and forwarded, liked, re-tweeted and shared with everyone.
This is a serious problem! We need to speak with all kids and give them an outlet to share their experiences with others and not be judged in any way. We need to listen to them and look for the signs. Please don’t take this lightly – Help a child enjoy their childhood and allow them to be themselves.
Harvey Weinstein and company has created a documentary called “Bully” which follows several kids and shows what they go through on a daily basis. The trailer is so sad cause these kids actually go through a lot and experience so much negativity in their young lives. This movie has been rated “R” which means that the children who need to see it won’t get to. It doesn’t make any sense – obviously parents need to see this but this movie really needs to be rated PG-13 because kids 13 and older who are going through something similar need to know they’re not alone and need to talk about their experiences.
Here is a link to the trailer for the movie – please view it and share with others: http://youtu.be/1permkYrPnE