I saw this video of adults reading posts from kid’s cyber-bully other kids. The victims are not even 12 years old yet, and they have to go to school and endure an entire day of bullying. Then apparently, it’s not enough in school. These bullies like to attack their victims online too. My question is where are the parents of these angry, lost and confused children?
It makes me so sad because these poor and angry souls are learning this type of behavior somewhere. It is at school where they practice what they’ve learned. I cried hysterically watching this video and the movie on Netflix “A girl like her”.
Obviously, we have to enforce strict guidelines for bullying in schools. We need to have more focus group parenting meetings and more importantly, create more awareness on social media platforms. I think catching it when we see it, it can also help too. If you see it, report it right? Being offensive, insulting and rude to others shouldn’t be a “normal thing”. However, it seems that not everyone has the intention to take their time and call those bullies out. #stopbullying
Let’s be realistic here, most parents don’t have the luxury to home-school, and we can’t hold that against them either. The system of education, structures and etiquette needs to be revised and something obviously needs to change. I’m thankful for my family and my stubborn curiosity to always keep learning something new and question everything.
Now, I can teach my children and hopefully with my soon online community, I’ll have the privilege to teach the next generation. Remember, learning it is not only at school and thinking that it is, is being very irresponsible. How can we let the education of our kids, be only based on a person that has to deal with 30 or 40 kids per day?
I understand you have to go to work and then take care of your kids after school. Then, when you get home is time for cooking, making sure they do their homework and go to bed so they can start the process the next day, all over again right? However, not every parent can or has this privilege to do these simple things, and we sometimes take this for granted.
So, when some parents do have the time, distractions and other engagements are more important. But we are held responsible for their behavior and attitude towards others as well. That’s an education too, not just learning about the past, what new technology is being used (which is constantly changing), gossip about other people or the next show on Netflix, or whatever it is distracting us parents from really seen. What’s really going on with our kids in this generation?
As I finishing watching this video, I know, I have responsibility to educate my girls about people’s behavior outside and in social media. I’ll try to shield them as much as I can from it too. However, that’s just wishful thinking. We live in an era where now, everything is digital and the real world is not what it used to be. Everyone cares about themselves and we have to be tougher human beings to endure cyber-bullying more than ever. I hope you stop someone from cyber-bullying, because when you don’t, it is just going to keep on been accepted as a normal. When we know very well, it is not.
Let’s create a world where we don’t need to put others down, so we can feel better about ourselves.
We are the example for the next generation to learn from. Let’s create good ones.
Angie Olivo- Founder & CEO of Writersyep
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