Bullying Is Totally Not Cool
No Bullies Allowed
If you or a close family member or friend has even been a target for bullying you know that it hurts and, you know it's not always easy to just tell a teacher or parent. Bullying has become one of the biggest problems in America today and, it's time to put a stop to it!
Sometimes It Just Doesn't Make Any Sense
Most of the kids who are bullied are being bullied for no specific reason. In most cases it is mainly the bully's personal problems that causes him/her to torment an innocent child. In other cases, it might be just because of the way somebody looks and, the bully may feel threatened in a way, of that person. Another reason a person might choose to bully someone is because they were once bullied themselves. Nobody really knows why bullying is such a problem and why others feel the need to torment others for their own self gain. It is just one of those things that seems unfair and seems to be out of control.
Careful, Are You A Bully Yourself?
A lot of the time people may see cyber bullying and physical torment as the only form of abuse, but that is not true. Verbal abuse is just as bad and, in some ways it is even worse. Everybody has surely heard the saying "Sticks and stones may break my bones...but words will never hurt me". The only reason children are taught to memorize and repeat this phrase is because the truth is that words hurt. It may seem like fun and games or you may not realize that calling that girl in your biology class "ugly" are words that may haunt her for the rest of her life. Choose your words wisely. Everyday you can have a thousand people say something positive to you but, it only takes one hurtful comment from one person to make you feel completely worthless. Life itself is already hard so don't make someone's even more difficult. "Actions may speak louder than words but it's words that seem to hurt the most...."
Do Something About It
It may not be easy to take action when it comes to bullying but, something needs to be done before the situation becomes worse. Tell a teacher, parent, or any other trusted adult. There are many bullying hotlines that you can call just check your local phone books or check online. Websites like www.dosomething.org and government websites help give advice to those who are bullied.