A New Take On Bullying

cyber bullying, bullying, self esteemShammara is a pursuing journalist who enjoys fashion and believes everyone has a purpose in life.
Time and time again various journalistic outlets discuss the topic of bullying. Exactly what they state about bullying is usually always the same. When people hear of bullying they think of the typical bigger person preying on someone who is smaller and/or weaker. Other times when you think of bullying one may think of cyber bullying and the mudslinging many teenagers may have of one another. Bullying has been put on the forefront time and time again that there is probably a slim chance if one was to be asked do you know what bullying is, their reply would be no.
One thing that is barely touched when it comes to bullying is identifying if your child may be a bully alongside preventing your teen from becoming a bully. Yes we’ve tackled how to deal with bullying and set place many laws and obstructions to bullying but many parents haven’t fully recognized that the child in their home is the definition of a bully. This can play into the fact that many people have a cliche state of mind that a bully is someone who is psychically and mentally strong but that isn’t always the case. Many people lash out on others due to voids they may feel in their life. One of those  voids is a low  self-esteem.
The key to cracking down a bully as a child is to have an open minded relationship. If your teenager can come to you no matter what the chances are you would know if they have a low self esteem or not. Another key to cracking down a bully is instilling in your teen that everyone isn’t perfect. There isn’t any human being on this planet who doesn’t have any flaws. Putting someone down and calling them ugly, fat, skinny, weak or anything of that predicament may make someone feel better about themselves at the time being but at the end of the day it doesn’t change exactly what they are ashamed of.

Being a positive role model also comes into play when it comes to bullying. If your wasting in countable amounts of time gossiping about other people, your teen is prone to follow your behavior. In my personal experience, I only gossip about others when I am not feeling good about myself or when I feel threatened by another. As a parent your job is to make sure your teenager has nothing but healthy and safe relationships with others. It’s okay to be  Cruella de Vil as long as you get your point across. It’s never okay to see a problem occurring and overlooking it. You never know what mental or psychical pain one may cause when it comes to bullying so it’s your best interest in looking out for other kids that your child feels the best they can feel about themselves and understand to have an open mind and not to judge people on their differences.

 

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