I don't know if any of you have seen the trailer for this movie coming out on bullying but if you haven't you need to watch it, it's at the end of this post. Every time I see it I start to cry because it literally hurts my heart.
Bullying is something that I wish did not exist but it does. When I was younger there were times in my life where I was on both sides. Now when I was in school I was not a bully. But there is one particular thing I did when I was in high school that will literally haunt me for the rest of my life. I don't want to get into it but it had to do with a group of girls being mean to one particular girl.
Now I have tried to find this girl via the internet but I have had no luck. Even though it was so long ago and it was one time and I was one of many involved I seriously feel the need to tell her I'm sorry. It makes me sick.
There are millions of kids that get bullied each year and it kills me. Especially having a child of my own. I am so scared that she is going to be bullied, or be a bully. I will do every thing I can to make sure my children aren't on either side of this and if they see it happening will be strong enough to stand up to it.
People say, kids will be kids, which is true to some extend, but it seems to be much worse now than when I was a kid. The hitting and name calling is absurd.
And what's even worse it the internet. Kids don't even have to be brave to bully anymore. It can be done on the internet in the comfort of your own bedroom. Your child doesn't even have to have access to the internet to be a victim.
I wish there was something I could do to stop this from happening. But I feel like the first step is to talk to your child and let them know they can trust you. Talk to them about bullying. About being a victim of bullying or actually bullying themselves. Because if they are in fact a bully if you let them know exactly what they are doing to the other child maybe they will stop.
I dunno, this post is really all over the place and my child is only 1 but it is something that I feel really strongly about. It breaks my heart.