Bullying is a large problem in our society and the effects can affect an entire community if or when a victim gives in to the pressure. Some people may say that bullying is simply a right-of-passage and that people being bullied just need to learn to be “tough.” I do not agree. Exerting any negative power over another human being is never a “right” that anyone should have. I know people, grown adults, who never got over instances of being bullied when they were young. The hurt, anger, and embarrassment remains long after the actions cease.
Every person reacts differently to whatever stimuli come his or her way. A major flaw to the bully’s way of thinking is that he or she assumes to know how the victim should feel or should be able to handle the harassment. It is impossible to know all the stressors of another person. It’s impossible to know where the breaking point rests.
Bullying takes on many forms. Most people may associate physical force or harmful words as being the main form of bullying. In reality, exerting any type of negative power over another human being, such as isolating or intimidating them, fits the stereotype of what a bully really is.
October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Educate yourself and your children about both sides of the bullying issue--being the bully and being the victim. It’s all about the right to live in peace.