Kids are mean. I get it. They are a bundle of hormones and new emotions and old grudges, and oftentimes the inability to process this type of information. Add to that self-consciousness and low self esteem and parents that are increasingly busy trying to eek out a living, and don’t get me started on movies and TV and….social media. Yikes.
But still…when kids are mean, other kids are hurting.
Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyber-bullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.
This week, the call to action for kids is to make friends with someone they don’t know at school. Feeling isolated at school often makes a child a target for bullying. Simply inviting that kid to sit at your table for lunch could be life-changing.
And parents (and aunts and uncles and grandparents and godparents and caregivers), I encourage you to learn all you can about cyber-bullying. It’s something my generation did not have to deal with, so it could be harder to see the signs that it’s happening.
Adults can help, but the reality is that kids and teens are really the ones who can put an end to cyber-bullying and bullying in schools and communities.
Advocate for the end of bullying by TALKING with your kids, educating them, yourself and others, and find ways for everyone to get involved!
Click here to start at the beginning of this 31 Day Challenge.