Thursday, October 17, 2013

"nobody cares about u" #stopbullying

"nobody cares about u"

"i hate u"

"you seriously deserve to die"

Who says those kinds of things to another person, a child at that?  Only a monster, you may think.  But you are wrong.  Unfortunately words like this are spoken and written to children on a daily basis across the U.S. on a daily basis by other children.  And in interview after interview, I see parents saying, "Not my child."  I believe they think their child didn't do this.  But law enforcement begs to differ.

Another day.  Another story.  The most recent in Florida where two girls, ages 12 and 14, have been charged in connection with the suicide of a 12 year old girl, whom they had allegedly been cyberbullying.  (http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/15/justice/rebecca-sedwick-bullying-death-arrests/index.html)

What has happened that children have started these vicious behaviors with each other?  How did making such statements ever become okay in their eyes?  

It breaks my heart seeing children treating children this way.  I urge all parents to talk to their kids about their relationships with others.  Talk to them about how to handle conflicts.  Talk to them about dealing with people they don't like.  Teach them compassion and empathy for others.  Talk to them about responsible social media behavior.  And most importantly, set the example by how you act and what you say.




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