Having never been a victim of bullying, but living in a small community now as well as being from a small community prior there was a few kids who have committed suicide from being bullied. It’s hard for people in small communities as well as larger communities to understand what would push a kid to the point where they feel that taking their own lives is the right answer to the problem. Now those kids have no voice in this matter and are not able to share their story a program like this would be able to help kids understand the effects of bullying as well as the impact it has on family, friends and the community.
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Having read a few articles, one of which was A Mother’s Plea: Stop The Bullying by Soya Bowman, this article talks about a mom whose daughter was being bullied at school and her mom was able to catch the small warning signs that her daughter was giving whether she knew it or not. In the article she states, “Sometimes, we as parent’s miss the signs that are right under our noses as we attempt to make a living and better our situations for our families” (Bowman, 2013).
Being able to educate parent’s on what signs to look for, as well as, to educate kids on what signs to look for if their friends are being bullied r are bullying other kids so they can help them get through it or be there as a support system for one another. With this program the vision is to get the parent’s to know what signs to look for if their kids are being bullied as well as if their kids are doing the bullying. It can be challenging once you’ve found out your kid is being bullied or doing the bullying.
Withdraw is a big thing to look for or notice, in a few articles, it always states that the kids who are being bullied stop trying as hard, change their appearance, or withdraw from programs or activities that they were once involved in. I
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am aware that a program like this may be challenging to find a location as well as getting kids and parent’s interested in attending. If we can get the awareness about this out into the community several people will be more willing to want to get involved and help out and be a part of it as well as spread the word.
In another article, which came from blobs that are posted by Courtney Epigram was “An being a teacher and dealing with bullying in the school he teaches. One point of the article she asks him, “What advice or ideas would you share with the community? ” His reply is, “Embody the change you want to see in everyone else. We are all role models for each other, and we are all constantly learning and adapting to each other. We have no control over other’s actions, but we do have control over ourselves. Model the behaviors you want to see in everyone else. Eventually, people around you will adapt” (Epigram 2013).
The ending of this was powerful because I am hoping by having the after school program that it will help kids set an example and other kids will lead and follow the examples being set by the other kids. Hopefully parent’s and even teachers will get involved with a program like this it would be beneficial to everyone in the community to be able to know the signs and what to look for. There is a blob posted by Richard Paul that I found in searching and gather information for my program, I was really pleased with this blob and he had some really good points that he touched on about students being bullied.
Often people want to point the blame on the kid’s parent’s who is doing the bullying. However, in his blob he talks about how he was doing a speech at a school about bullying and a kid walked up to him and talked about how he was being bullied and Richard asked the kid what he did to get it to stop he said he told the teachers and his parent’s and thing was ever done. Richard continued and asked him how he got the bully to stop and the kid replied, “l punched him and he never teased and pushed me again” (Paul, 2013).
This isn’t really the way that kids should be going out getting bully to stop it can result in the bully going after another kid and picking on them worst if not the same as he was before. Richard did make a good point though and I really enjoyed this saying that was posted in his blob, “If we want our students to refrain from solving their bullying situation with violent behavior, then we all must cake a commitment to step up to the plate to help and protect them” (Paul, 2013).
There is many cases where the kids being bullied commit suicide or have to switch schools because of being bullied hopefully this program will prevent all of that from happening. However there are cases where the kids have told all sources available to them and the teachers, principals, parent’s, even other classmates, friends, etc. Don’t do anything and Just let it happen and act like kids will be kids. If there were stronger consequences for bullying set in place at schools, even if there were laws in lace for bullying, it seems there might be less bullying happening.
But with it being slap on the wrist when these things go on, kids seem to not have any remorse for it knowing that they will not be getting in any trouble for the things they say or do to other kids. It would even be good to see the staff, teachers, principals, or board members at the school even getting into some kind of trouble for not reporting or doing anything about the bullying that is being reported because had they done something once they were reported a lot of kids would still be here and be getting help for dealing with being bullied.
Now days kids say really hurtful things and really hit them where it hurts so to say and don’t realize what the kid may be dealing with at home could be even worst then he is doing with at school or vice versa. With this program I hope to be able to eliminate a lot of these things from continuing to happen. Stated, “Introduce new cultures/ways of life in school. One reason children bully is because they may not understand different cultures or religions and use bullying as a defense mechanism.
Make school a multi-cultural environment. Invite students to discuss their different heritages or traditions at home. Host special foods from other countries day or celebrate a variety of holidays (with the administration’s blessing). Teach acceptance and tolerance and demonstrate to students to embrace differences” (Aragua, ND). This could not be truer if you do these things kids will understand and know more about the other people around them.
In today’s society there are so many different cultures of people in schools and in the areas and a lot of times kids bully other kids because they don’t know or understand what may be wrong with them. Writing letters to the city council as well as the school boards to get this in motion o that we can start to make a difference in kids’ lives sooner rather than later. Hopefully it’ll be able to help kids who are really struggling with things like this.
I always have questions like are kids who are bullying other kids bullied at home by parent’s, or other siblings in the household, I don’t understand why kids feel the need to put other kids down for the way they look, dress, or act, maybe even talk if they have an accent or speech issue, etc. I Just hope that me as a parent will be able to teach my kid that these things are wrong and not acceptable. There are so many there things in the world that kids have to worry about that they shouldn’t have to deal with picking on and teasing one another.
By having the program at the kids’ schools I am hoping to be able to rotate to the different schools between the elementary, middle and high school kids so that everyone has a chance to come and be a part of the program from all age groups. I want them to all be a part of this experience to be able to help each other and hopefully form relationships that they wouldn’t have otherwise because they never interacted or were not from the same “clicks” in school.
I know that kids can be cruel to one another but hopefully by doing this program they will learn how to handle situations if they see it going on or know someone who is being a part of it. There is a Youth video from Courtney Epigram as well called Bully Intervention Program from Bulldog Solution viewing this video it showed me a lot and taught me a lot on how to make this program successful. I look forward to expanding my knowledge of this more as time goes on and finding ways to make it more successful as well. I hope you enjoyed reading my paper today and want to be a part of this experience as well.See More on Bullying