October is National Bullying Prevention Month and I thought the quote above was apt for the topic. There really is no replacement in the world for kindness. Yes, it takes effort. Sometimes it is difficult to show kindness when others aren’t showing the same respect. With that said, you will never come out behind by being the girl or guy exhibiting kindness. You will never look back with regret about showing kindness — for you never know what the other person is truly going through. I have found this especially true in my life. Be that catalyst in your community supporting others, not engaging with someone trying to pull you into their negativity or destructive cycles, and through sharing kindness. If we all adopt this as a belief, we will change our communities. Bullies won’t have as much of an audience or following, and there will be less miscommunication between parties who may have otherwise had a potential bullying situation.
My hope for this week’s blog is to provide knowledge and resources around bullying prevention. Please see below for what Stopbullying.gov defines bullying as. You can also scroll down to find some online resources for bullying awareness, as well as some other useful links. The YouTube video included illustrates the power imbalance needed for bullying to take place. It’s really a great visual to watch. My question to you is, what can you do to change the cycle?
What is Bullying?
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Resources for everyone:
Resource for adults: