Despite all of the attention that the subject matter of bullying has gotten recently, the pain and anguish continues. More and more victims are trying to get the word out such as this young man whose video on YouTube has become viral as he shares his torture silently by holding up cards describing his living hell which has continued for over 8 years and no one is helping him.
Remember this, everyone believes their child is an angel so no one wants to accept the fact that their child could be one of these cold, heartless bullies that ridicules and hurts other kids…something physically, but always mentally and emotionally. Many times these innocent kids take their own lives because their life is that difficult to take. They feel hopeless, worthless and give up the will to live. We can do something about this by becoming more aware and involved…not just with our own children but all children and our school systems. If you’re a young person who becomes a witness to this abuse, no matter how minor it seems, you must get involved, even if it’s secretly by telling a teacher, principal or another adult. Anyone who ignores these acts of aggressive and disrespect becomes an accomplice to the crime.
Here are some other pieces we’ve done on Dad-O-matic on this important subject matter:
The Bully Pulpit (my very first piece for DOM)
Protecting Our Precious Angels
Chris Cuomo’s special on 20/20 on Bullying (includes links to many useful tools and resources to deal with bullying)
Losers:EveryOne (anti-bullying video)
Because it’s so powerful, here is the trailer for The Bully Project movie