As summer comes to a close students in our area will be starting back to school, which leaves many mixed emotions for both parents and children. With the thought of starting back to school some kids are excited about new teachers, new classes, new clothes, new friends and new experiences. Other kids fear starting back to school as they may be forced to face their biggest fear; their bully. This means constant threats, harassment and teasing. This makes the child feel worthless and demolishes their self esteem.
Research shows that 1 in 4 students are bullied in school each year, and these statistics are increasing daily. There are preventative measures parents and caregivers can take to educate and protect their children. Many children, tweens and teens that are bullied remain silent. This is where the problem begins. We, as parents, need to make our children feel comfortable enough to open up and talk with us in order to address any problems they may be experiencing or that may arise.
“If they feel like they’ve been bullied in any way, or harassed in any way, report it,” said Leon Johnson, Psychotherapist.
Some kids fear telling their parents or caregiver that they’re being bullied. This is how the problem progresses, but their are signs a parent or caregiver can lookout for. Some of these signs include not wanting to go back to school, refusing to go to school, bad grades, reduced communication with trusted adults, anger, aggression or frustration.
Some medical professionals suggest that children. tweens and teens should talk to their parents or caregivers if they experience any type of bullying or if another peer makes them feel uncomfortable, and parents and caregivers should both encourage them to talk to them first. After speaking with a parent or caregiver and collecting vital details of the event or events a student should address the issue with school officials with a parent or caregiver present, informing them of all the details.
Important details that should be collected; names, time, place and date. No detail should be overlooked. Even the smallest detail can be helpful and getting the issue addressed. If you believe your child is being bullied their are great organizations out their making a difference.
Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) was founded in April 2011 by The Creative Coalition and WWE. Be a STAR’s mission is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness. Be a STAR promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals and with respect because everyone is a star in their own right.
For more information or to be a voice against bullying — join the Clinton County, Pennsylvania “Be a STAR” Chapter.
Another organization making a difference in the lives of children is Voices Amplified a 501 c 3 non-profit charity aiding children throughout the United States. This organization was founded by Star Myers and is dedicated to helping locate resources and support for survivors and their supporters. They leave no one behind. They will walk together hand in hand and heart to heart to make any and all efforts to stop abuse.
Their goal to educate communities on the effects of abuse which are not always visible, never acceptable and always preventable by providing needed resources for survivors, secondary survivors and their supporters.
Myers stated, “I have spent the last twelve years fighting the injustices of the system to save my child who will live with those effects for her entire lifetime. I have made it my goal to never let anyone feel so isolated. I looked for help and found no one who would stand up to corruption, power and money to do the right thing. I am told edges are only sharp if broken. This world is full of broken edges that will truly break your soul.
“We will speak for those who can’t. Voices is honored to be joined by amazing survivors and advocates who are strengthened by the desire to do the right thing rather than bury your heads and pretend abuse is not there. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR ABUSE! We leave no one behind!”
For more information visit Voices Amplified.