I’ve accumulated quite a collection of articles on bullying. This post is dedicated to clearing a few of them out of my reading list.
Let’s start off with this, my current favorite You-Tube video about what it’s like to be bullied.
Kids who are bullied commonly get the advice to “just fight back.” I see it in comment trails of news articles all the time. “Well, if the kid just punched that bully in the face one time, it’d never happen again.” At best such advice is misguided, and at worst, it’s dangerous. This article from CNN explains why.
There’s a lot of push and pull in the media right now because allergies to peanuts and other nuts appear to be increasing in the general population at an alarming rate. Parents who are accustomed to sending their kids to school with PB&J sandwiches are surprised, and sometimes angered, when they’re informed that their child’s school has a new no-nuts policy. But what happens when a student bullies another student by threatening to force that child to eat a peanut?
Blogger and CNN news analyst Anderson Cooper has an ongoing series of articles related to bullying and its effects. He did a documentary, titled “The Bully Effect” which aired on CNN in early March. He also has frequent posts in his blog that are devoted to bullying, its effects, ways to address it, and stories, some tragic and some uplifting, about kids dealing with and overcoming bullying in their own lives.
Actions don’t necessarily need to rise to the level (or definition) of bullying in order to be hurtful. Joy turned to humiliation when a Michigan teenager learned that fellow sophomores at her high school had nominated her to the homecoming court as a kind of cruel prank. The self-described outcast got the last laugh, though, when she held her head high and attended the festivities surrounded by family and friends, and buoyed by a community that reached out to her, donating new shoes, a dress, and even a hair-do for the occasion.