The thought that someone would “pick with” my children disturbs me. Yet I know today, like every other day, someone is being bullied. Growing up, I honestly don't remember being a bully or being bullied, but I can say I did not stop it from happening as much as I could have. I do strongly believe that kids are not bad, but can easily be influenced to make bad decisions.
We have to collectively make an effort to educate our children. They need to be comfortable enough to let us or someone in authority know when they are being “picked with.” In doing this, we also need to make sure we are not creating little bullies. I think about parents that try to intimidate others in front of their children. Or little comments that about someone that may seem innocent, but could have just biased a child toward an entire group of people. It is imperative that we show people how to treat people through the actions we take on an ongoing basis.
Something that could help, for older children, is to review this recent video of a bullied child. Try your best to have an open and honest discussion about being on both sides of bullying. Click here to review the video of being bullied….