(Written by Susan Wright) If you watch television, it seems bullying is at an all-time high. It is not far and few between news episodes where there is talk about children and the number of ways they are bullying one another. ABC has even had many successful news segments on the “What Would You Do” episodes that display bullying in action to see how bystanders react.
It is easy to sit back, while watching the episode and be disgusted by what takes place, but if you were there witnessing the action, what would you do? Would you stand up for the child and tell the other children how badly they are acting, or would you simply walk by and shake your head wondering what type of parents raised the children?
Now, answer this, what would you do if this were your own child being bullied right in front of your face? You would not think twice about giving the bullies an earful. Unfortunately, most times bullies choose their moments when they torment their peers so they can get away with it.
What is worse, is oftentimes the victim in the situation very rarely voices they are having trouble, instead it is up to us as parents and adults, to read the signs and take action to make a terrible situation better for everyone involved. [Read more...]