If you don’t believe bullying is a problem, then maybe you are the bully. I recently witnessed someone attempt to be funny by insulting others. Needless to say, it was a memorable moment, but for all the wrong reasons.
There was nothing funny about it. The individual succeeded in denigrating others. What this person thought was funny, really wasn’t funny. It was hurtful, offensive, and quite honestly disgusting.
So what does this have to do with bullying? Simple, the same mindset that led to this speech is the same mindset that teaches children to bully other children.
Love starts in the home, but so does bullying. We as parents are educators. Our children mimic everything we do. They learn from our words and if we as adults say it’s OK to make fun of someone based on their health, mental or emotional state, weight, or economic status, then not only are we fools, but we are setting our children up for failure.
Growing up I faced my fair share of insults and bullies. I was fortunate to have loving parents who supported me. I had awesome friends and I learned to ignore the pompous-asses of the world.
I’ve also learned if you need to insult someone to be funny, face it, your not funny. Children need to be taught what’s right and what’s wrong. Humiliating someone is wrong.
Bullying, like everything else, begins at home. I fear the individual above will never realize their problem. Humility is a virtue, humiliation is just wrong.
- UPDATE: Parents of children who bully can be cited in Monona (nbc15.com)
- Parents of bullies in Wisconsin town to be fined for their kids’ bad behavior (helpusstopbullying.wordpress.com)
- Is Social Media just a Haven for Bullies? (elizabethharmonblog.wordpress.com)