So much of our media today is flooded with the increase of awareness around bullying in our schools. What used to be a few names called in the school yard has turned into viral videos exposing our children to hate on the internet. With YouTube and Facebook usage at an all time high, children find easy access to commit Cyber bullying, and do not necessarily see the long term harm in posting their comments for all to see.
Malcom Smith of the University of New Hampshire’s Cooperative Extension Service says some studies show that up to half of all public students are subject to bullying. Smith also states that he believes children in school today are the “meanest ever”.
It is becoming more and more apparent that for many children, the saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”, is not true. For eighth-grade Connecticut student Alye Pollack, daily life at Bedford Middle School involves being tormented and called names by her classmates. She turned to YouTube to get her message out about her experience.
For many children the relentless teasing and bullying by other classmates causes depression, or even worse self-injurious behaviors such as cutting or the unfortunate reality that some take their own life unable to deal with the teasing, name calling and harassment.
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