Let me start of by saying this blog is about to make me feel old…like for real.
Every day thousands of teens wake up afraid to go to school. Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students, and it has everyone worried, not just the kids on its receiving end. Yet because parents, teachers, and other adults don’t always see it, they may not understand how extreme bullying can get.
They say bullying is when a person is picked on over and over again by an individual or group with more power, either in terms of physical strength or social standing. Some call it “hazing” which if that’s the case, everybody has gone through it.
Two of the main reasons people are bullied are because of appearance and social status. Bullies pick on the people they think don’t fit in, maybe because of how they look, how they act (for example, kids who are shy and withdrawn), their race or religion, or because the bullies think their target may be gay or lesbian.
Some bullies attack their targets physically, which can mean anything from shoving or tripping to punching or hitting, or even sexual assault. Others use psychological control or verbal insults to put themselves in charge. For example, people in popular groups or cliques often bully people they categorize as different by excluding them or gossiping about them (psychological bullying). They may also taunt or tease their targets (verbal bullying).
Verbal bullying can also involve sending cruel instant or email messages or even posting insults about a person on a website — practices that are known as cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is fairly new since people now think that if something is posted on Facebook or Twitter that is HAS to be true.
Look here people, when I was growing up, you were either the bully or you got bullied. Plain and simple. I’ve been fortunate to be apart of the cool kids most of my life so I didn’t have to deal with much bullying. Ok, let me admit to being a bully from time to time, but we’ll blame that on me being a natural jerk. So the new age way of dealing with bullying wouldn’t work with my generation. For one I was raised not to snitch, which is exactly what they tell you to do when you’re a victim or if you see bullying….so that wouldn’t work. Another reason is I actually don’t mind throwing them hands….so I wish a bully the best of luck with that. My grandma, God rest her soul, would tell me that I couldn’t come home if I lost a fight and I still live by those words. She didn’t care if the other person was bigger than me or not, lose the fight, pick up a stick, win the second fight and I could go home with some sort of pride no matter how bruised.
If you ask me, I think it’s simply the kids are getting softer than Charmin and the parents are becoming over-protective. When I hear stories of kids committing suicide over comments posted on a social media site or because they got beat up in front of that girl they like I can only think they weren’t raised right. Kids should be exposed to at least a little adversity because it’ll only make them stronger. But we live in a society where every single kid is diagnosed with ADHD and given meds because they’re sad they don’t have a date to prom, so what more would I expect?
In the words of the great philosopher Major Payne, “pop yo titty out his mouth, and quit babyin him!” So keep your kid out of those sports leagues that don’t keep score, everybody makes the team, and every kid gets to play and maybe, just maybe they’ll know what failure feels like and try to better themselves. So skip all the anti-violence meetings and bully movie watching and simply re-read this blog! Want to stop bullying, teach your kids that “Mark Jackson”…”hand down, man down”. I’m not here to promote senseless violence, but suckas step up to get beat down, ya dig?
What do you all think about the current state of bullying? Were you the bully or the one getting bullied? Have you ever been cyberbullied? Do you think I’m wrong? Why?
Thanks for tuning in….