Friday, November 4, 2011

Bullying..Is It A Serious Issue?

Now in the U.S. we have a national month for "Bullying" which is October. I remember being in school growing up.  Kids got ridicule for their clothing, lifestyle, religion, or how they look. I didn't like that. I wish high school was like on "Saved By The Bell."  But, unfortunately the popular kids usually don't hang out with the geeks.  When I was in school during that time bullying wasn't taken serious by most people. But, these last few years due to some kids committing suicide as a result of bullying, we're finally opening up our eyes to this serious issue. I recently watched a special on CNN about "Bullying" it was really troubling.  They had kids from elementary and high school kids sharing their story.  Its time for Parents and Schools to take responsiblity.  Many people are scarred for years as a result of being bullied when they were younger.  I have a child who is nice to everyone and has many friends. He experienced being bullied a few times in kindergarten.  We had to teach him how to defend himself and not be afraid of anyone. Because, I refuse to let my child or any other children I have walk around in fear of another human being. No ma'm! I know of several other parents who kids have experience some form of bullying in elementary school.  As parents we have to be involved in our children life so we can know whats going on. Below I posted a little article on the"Effects Of Bullying" courtesy of stop bullying.gov

Bullying has serious and lasting effects. While these effects may also be caused by other factors, research has found bullying has significant effects for those who are bullied, those who bully others, and those who witness bullying.

People Who are Bullied:

  • Have higher risk of depression and anxiety, including the following symptoms, that may persist into adulthood:
    • Increased feelings of sadness and loneliness
    • Changes in sleep and eating patterns
    • Loss of interest in activities
  • Have increased thoughts about suicide that may persist into adulthood. In one study, adults who recalled being bullied in youth were 3 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts or inclinations.
  • Are more likely to have health complaints. In one study, being bullied was associated with physical health status 3 years later.
  • Have decreased academic achievement (GPA and standardized test scores) and school participation.
  • Are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.
  • Are more likely to retaliate through extremely violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied.

People Who Bully Others:

  • Have a higher risk of abusing alcohol and other drugs in adolescence and as adults.
  • Are more likely to get into fights, vandalize property, and drop out of school.
  • Are more likely to engage in early sexual activity.
  • Are more likely to have criminal convictions and traffic citations as adults. In one study, 60% of boys who bullied others in middle school had a criminal conviction by age 24.
  • Are more likely to be abusive toward their romantic partners, spouses or children as adults.

People Who Witness Bullying:

  • Have increased use of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.
  • Have increased mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
  • Are more likely to miss or skip school.

If you have experience being bullied there is hope. You don't have to walk around the rest of your life in torment from your past. Seek the proper counseling to help you cope with this if possible.  You can experience healing, unforgiveness, and hope in Christ. For those of you who grew up as bullies there is hope for you as well. It starts with you making the choice to change.

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