There have been many articles, TV shows, even commercials on the dangers of bullying, yet it continues. Even with schools taking a zero tolerance stand on this issue, children and teens everywhere are threatened with this vicious, senseless behavior.
Years ago, bullying was most commonly seen at school. Bigger kids might try to assert themselves as “in charge” or “in control” by threatening, pushing or frightening smaller, kids who were more easily intimidated.
No matter what went on at school, home used to be a sanctuary for those who were bullied. It was a place to regroup or to work out a plan to deal with this behavior.
But with the introduction of computers, smartphones and websites like My Space and Facebook, this sanctuary has been invaded. Children and teens have lost a refuge where they could rest before having to face the onslaught of the next day. Today, kids can be bullied in their own homes and in the privacy of their own rooms. Cyberbullying can be hard to escape because it brings the bully into the teen’s own home.
We must all adopt zero tolerance of bullying. Computer crimes divisions of local and state police can help find bullies and put an end to the harrassment. These perpetrators can and should be taken out of our schools and prosecuted to the letter of the law, and, if need be, new laws need to be created.
In the meantime, there is help. Please tell your teen to visit KidsPeace's website, www.teencentral.net, to learn more about bullying and what they can do about it. The website is a place where they can learn, play games and even write about their own experience, and receive help within 24-hours.
Best of all, the site is anonymous and free. Parents can learn how to help their child at www.parentcentral.net and find answers to some common questions and get ideas on how to help their teen.
Just log on and begin to work it out.