October has been deemed National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and is meant to show everyone how harmful bullying can be. Our society’s views has changed dramatically as declaring a whole month devoted publicaly to this topic would never have been considered decades ago.
Bullying, in some form, has been around for a very long time. It is no longer being associated to happening only with children as cases of work place bullying are reaching public attention. Nevertheless, the primary focus is on our young as they are the most impressionable and studies has shown that there is a good chance for a bully at an young age will have a criminal record when they get older. With more and more cases of bullying being reported, can we find a way to stop it in today’s society?
Before attempting to answer the question, it is important to look at what has changed in society that has caused cases of bullying to escalate over the years; even decades. Bullying, especially in schools, has been going on for many years. Stories regarding bullying have been told by parents; even grandparents to show how long kids have been doing this to each other. What has changed is tolerance and technology to the point that incidents of bullying are no longer kept behind “closed doors.” Both go hand-in-hand because the more people see on the news and on the internet how frequently this is going on, society’s tolerance of accepting this as a part of growing up is thinning.
Different people, however, have their own way of dealing with bullying that others would totally disagree. In an article on CNN called “When kids play across gender lines,” one comment suggests if one is not willing to conform in a community, the individual should leave and find one that is more acceptable. “Communities demand relative conformity, it is what makes them communal. Nonconformity, therefore, naturally results in exclusion. Children are callous in this respect, and if parents wish to ensure their children find acceptance, then find them a suitable community. As for self-expression, all humans are welcome to express themselves, but I reserve for myself the right to point and laugh, as should you too.”
Others feel if a child is being confronted by an individual bully, the answer is to physically fight back. In a magazine article that talked about tips for ending bullying, an example was cited where the person stopped his bully by fighting back physically. “I went to Catholic school. Got bullied. Told Dad. He said, knock him in the mouth. He will leave you alone. Next day I got bullied. Punched Billy in the mouth. End of story. We are best friends today and I haven’t been bullied since. Write letters, document facts? Make school aware? Whaaaat? How political we have been? What a shame. One slap can change things for sure!” Do people have the right to ridicule someone because there different? Does a physical response to a bully resolve the situation in all cases?
The answer is no because bullying has evolved where a physical solution does not always work. Having more than one bully and fighting back physically most likely will not work if the individual is being confronted my multiple bullies. The other reason is how do you fight back physically when the person(s) who are bullying you is doing the attacking online? This is the downside of advancement in technology as the person can bully an individual without being there physically.
Cases of online bullying are increasing to the point where children, not knowing how to resolve the problem, feel their only way out is through suicide. A priest recently in Ireland told mourners for 13-year-old Erin Gallagher that the government needs to find ways to regulate social media websites to help prevent more suicides as a result of cyber bullying.
Earlier in October, Canadian teen Amanda Todd posted a video on YouTube detailing her history of being bullied and finally killed herself to escape it. In looking close to home, 15-year-old Felicia Garcia, a New York student, threw herself in front of a train in October. Though it seems her case did not refer to online bullying, striking her bully was not a favorable option as she was being taunted by multiple football players from her high school.
So, is there anything that can be done to stop bullying beside a physical response? One thing for sure is it needs to be addressed and stopped at an early age to make sure one act doesn’t become repetitive. When that happens, society will most likely pay for it literally as there is a good chance a repetitive bully will end up in jail.
According to Michelle Borba, an author of several parenting books that includes Building Moral Intelligence, she says that, “A repeat bully by age 8 has a one-in-four chance of having a criminal record by age 26.” Also, common sense will tell you that it is easier to try and teach tolerance and social acceptance of others to an eight-year-old than someone who is 18.
Still, some who may feel this way say that those advocating this are going to extremes with their solutions. One being that certain classic cartoons should not be shown to younger impressionable children. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” has been suggested to be retired from letting this generation of young viewers seeing it. The constant abuse Charlie Brown receives would be sending the wrong message. Another classic character is Rudolph because of the treatment he receives at the North Pole. Writer George Giuliani feels that “the whole community at the North Pole is into exclusion, not inclusion.” He also said in an interview with ABC News “What a terrible message to send to children.”
Obviously, many people who want to address the problem of bullying have their own ideas on how to resolve it. One big problem is that with many of the solutions out there, not one specifically deals with the different forms bullying can take. One thing that is important would be keeping open the lines of communication between the child being bullied and someone he/she can talk to. Keeping it bottled up will only make things worse and can ultimately lead to suicide. With the different forms it can take on, how can bullying be stopped in today’s society? What do you think?
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People can connect to people from other parts of the world in so many ways both paid or not. We can get connected through favorite social media apps, dating sites, and for the younger ones they compare themselves with others through online gaming.
The advancement of technology has evolved from simple forms to very impressive ones that have taken these sites including video games to a higher level. With today’s innovative technology, these games already come in features you never know that existed.
Meanwhile, online gaming has been one of the most popular on children and even young adults as their past-time activity while others play for a living.
Although, the problem on these online platforms is that at times it can be addictive for others and could cause violence in the long run—there are risks when these sites are used in the wrong way. Most of those who are affected by these issues are our children, and the numbers of these cases have gone out of hand around the world.
Studies show that when children are exposed to too much screen time or play time online causes harm to their behavior, and their psychological and physical growth.
It affects the way they speak, interacts, and respond to people and things around them. They tend to live their ‘real life’ as if it is one of their games.
Sadly, most reports are connected with violence and misbehavior in their homes and schools. It will only be a matter of time when children forget that they need to communicate with real people and the real world.
Accordingly, this happens to a lot of children from around the world, and the solution to this unruly behavior is only one thing—that is ending their addiction to online games. But how can we benefit the advantages of new technology and not its wrong sides?
As parents and educators, we should be the first ones to set the limit for our children by letting them see that there is more to life than their lives in online games. We play a vital role in their behavior and how they use the internet; while it is true that not everything we see on the internet is terrible, but what we do not understand is what causes the wrong turns.
We can reduce the risks of children getting addicted to games by understanding that social media and online games are not solely the root of it all, but when our lifestyle gets disrupted by it, it will be safe to conclude that it might be the cause of changed behavior.
Michelle Obama Shares About Her Miscarriage In Her Book “Becoming”
Michelle Obama spoke about her miscarriage 20 years ago. She told Good Morning America that she had been feeling lonely and lost since her miscarriage happened. This is something she hid for so long. But now Mrs. Obama has spoken about it boldly in her memoir “Becoming” which is set to be released on Tuesday. In her book, she talks about her life, family, marriage, and politics. This one of the most awaited books in political history as it ranks as the best-seller on Amazon.
On her miscarriage, she mentioned how it had crippled her to open up about it since she felt like couples do not usually discuss it. She said that she suffered the feeling of being a failure and acknowledge that feeling of brokenness due to this event in her life and marriage.
The pain a mother feels for her lost child can never equal to any pain an ordinary person would feel. It is the death of a supposed ‘bundle of joy’— the death of what could have been happiness. Millions of women around the world could tell how it pains them to lose a child and she is one of them. As she writes boldly about her unwanted phase in life, she wishes to reach women of the same circumstances. Mrs. Obama also revealed that they had their 2 children, Sasha and Malia, through in-vitro fertilization.
In her book, she not only shared about her sadness and grief about her miscarriage but she also shared about her falling in love, their first kiss, and how it all started. How she met her husband and how she coped up being one of America’s first lady for years – something that is now written in books for a lifetime.
Mrs. Obama also opened up about her thoughts on racism which she experienced first-hand from people around the globe. Being America’s first black first lady did not come that easy on her. She and her family had to deal with years of agony, but now with all pride and confidence, she has found her peace knowing that they have made a significant impact on the nations. Brave enough to face fears and the norm.
Research Shows Infants Still Sleeping with Bedding, Despite SIDS Risk
More than half of American parents continue to use soft bedding for their sleeping babies, according to a new study.
Researchers analyzed the results of the National Infant Sleep Position survey and found nearly 19,000 parents of children younger than 8 months who were contacted by phone and answered questions about their baby’s sleep environment. Most were white mothers, nearly half with a college education, and about half had a previous child, according to the study.
The most common use of bedding occurred among teen mothers, more than 80 percent used bedding. Not having a college education and younger mothers in general were also linked to more frequent use of bedding. Minority mothers were more likely than white mothers to use soft bedding, the study reported.
The study found about 70 percent of the infants sleeping with soft bedding were on adult beds and/or sharing a sleeping surface with someone else.
Researchers found that the use of bedding for infants declined from an average of 86 percent between 1993 and 1995 to an average of 55 percent between 2008 and 2010. Most of that decline, however, occurred before 2000.
In 1996, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated a recommendation on sleeping positions for babies, advising that they sleep on their back on firm surfaces without any soft bedding like blankets or quilts, which may pose a suffocation risk.
The findings were reported online Dec. 1 in Pediatrics.
Infants should be placed to sleep alone, on their backs, on a firm sleep surface, such as in a mattress in a safety-approved crib External Web Site Policy, covered by a fitted sheet. Soft objects, toys, crib bumpers, quilts, comforters and loose bedding should be kept out of the baby’s sleep area.
“Soft bedding has been shown to increase the risk of SIDS. Soft objects and loose bedding — such as thick blankets, quilts and pillows — can obstruct an infant’s airway and impose suffocation risk,” said lead author Carrie Shapiro-Mendoza, a senior scientist in the Maternal and Infant Health Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Parents have good intentions but may not understand that blankets, quilts and pillows increase a baby’s risk of SIDS and accidental suffocation.”
SIDS, the third leading cause of death for infants in the U.S., is defined by the CDC as “the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, including a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and a review of the clinical history.”
“The safest place for a baby to sleep is on his back, in a crib or bassinet in the parent’s or caregiver’s room,” Shapiro-Mendoza said.
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