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A Strong Message About Bullying

No doubt bullying is an issue today. Perhaps I led a sheltered childhood, but I don’t remember childhood bullies going to the extremes that the bullies of today do.  Maybe at worst, you were shoved around, pushed down and laughed at–and then it was usually over.

Today is a different world and what is sad is that the kids are screaming out for help internally, but having difficulty getting it externally. Alye Pollack is a Connecticut 8th grader and she silently tells her three year plight. Please take a few moments to watch this:

The most striking thing for me was that she claimed she was close to cutting. How do we (as parents and as a society) allow our kids to get to this point?  Most of the people who read this site and travel with Single Parent Travel have kids between 7 and 14. This is important. Please have these uncomfortable conversations with your kids!

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  1. Margaret says:

    It breaks my heart. There is no reason in the world that kids that age should be treating their peers that way.

    Why hasn’t anyone taught them empathy?

    This is my daughter’s grade/age.

    They really do feel a lot of stress at this age.

    The more covert & subtle the bullying, the worse it is & the harder it is to prove.

    I sure don’t remember this kind of stuff when I was that age. Only much more minor stuff.

    It is my opinion that if the school guidance counselor knows specific kids are doing this, that s/he should inform the bullies’ parents so they can help to take responsibility for it.

  2. Debbie Scaduto says:

    Boston’s Michael and Marisa Take on Bullying with their new song & video,”The Same” Kids Can Help Kids. http://www.opednews.com/articles/Boston-s-Michael-and-Maris-by-Patricia-Duffey-110202-336.html
    They hope their song reaches bullies and those unfairly being bullied…”If our song causes even one bystander to take a stand, that one action could be the start of a chain of events that could help to stop bullying
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbxszWevx_4&hd=1

  3. StarAnna says:

    I so agree with you Margaret
    I have a daughter this age too and a son two years younger

    But seriously no one can stop a bully but the victim , sometimes they turn out to be best of friends.
    Kids have always been cruel ! But i think what it is , we have more parents that are the BULLY’s greatest cheerleader….. and THAT is what’s sad.

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