Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at
On 2/23/14, I read a good article from Lancastereaglegazette.com on school bullying prevention advice for parents and students. It was written by Emily Maddern (from CentralOhio.com) and raises some great points: Signs your child is being bullied, Signs your child might be a bully, What students can do, and What parents can do.
You need to read this article if you are interested in the school bullying epidemic happening in this country (and around the world).
A KEY OBSERVATION
Here’s a key question/observation that came to my mind as I read the article:
The article states: “although countless nonprofit organizations and school programs have sprouted up to tackle the issue, it seems bullying is not going away.”
My question is: “Why is bullying not going away?” From observation it would seem bullying hasn’t significantly diminished because the root causes of the bullying equation aren’t being fully addressed. In many cases, schools and communities place a primary focus on tougher anti-bullying laws. While these laws may be helpful, they only serve as external motivators (or deterrents). This type of setup will only work to a point.
However, when motivation moves from external to being intrinsic within the individual, then a successful change lasts longer and is far more reaching to the community in which our young people live. In other words, while creating new laws, let us place an equal (or perhaps greater) focus on creating nurturing environments for ALL of our young people (bullied, bully, bystanders) that enable them to build their character, abilities and relationships.
Part of the bullying solutions equation has to include the development of a person’s self-perspective. When a person has a strong, positive view of self (who they are, their capabilities, how they relate to the world) then they have no need to bully or be manipulative. They also will be less likely to be bullied. But the question is: how do we help our young people achieve a positive empowered view of themselves?
SPEEDSUIT POWERS RESOURCES
This is something that is addressed in my Speedsuit Powers novels and movie. (Book 1 is already published. Book 2 releases this summer, and my Speedsuit Film is available to watch on Vimeo free for a limited time).
I also published an article last year on my blogs which addresses this issue in greater depth. It’s called Moving Beyond Bullying. Help spread the word. This epidemic can be won. I believe we can find bullying solutions which work for everyone.
-Allen Paul Weaver III-