THE BULLIED, THE BULLIES ... AND THE ONES WHO KNOW BOTH.
Being bullied used to happen at school. Now it happens 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
Images and words posted to the internet never go away and children hear, see and feel being bulled over and over again.
We are facing an epidemic of stress, school avoidance, and children feeling powerless in an environment meant to learn and engage their young mind.
Formative years are now entangled in complex personal and social development in ways few understood with the advent of omnipresent technology.
As that technology emerges into younger and younger hands, the need is urgent to work on teaching and leading in civics and digital citizenship.
Students suffer and don’t want to speak up – either those who are being bullied or those who know of the bullying.
Students fear that reporting it will increase the bullying and feel overwhelmed by the volume of online abuse, they don’t even know where to begin to stop it.
Students see many school personnel throughout a day and someone other than a teacher may be a trusted adult or have the opportunity to see the effects of bullying on a child.
Proactive work in the schools in collaboration with parents is essential to stop bullying before it begins.