Do any of your children strut? Do any of them run with the most popular crowd? Do any of your children gossip? Do any of your children look down on others because they are different? (We’ll save the whys for another post!) Is your child a bully?
In and of themselves, these characteristics don’t make your child a bully. But if your child exhibits these characteristics, you need to open your eyes and ears to the possibility that your child is a bully.
In an effort to help you understand the what ifs, imagine yourself in a frightening but possible future. Imagine that you are the parents of Dharun Ravi or Molly Wei.
Why? The answer is that these two eighteen year old kids are accused of playing a role in the suicide of Tyler Clementi. Tyler Clementi was different from these two kids and they are accused of cyber-bullying him.
How would you feel if your child was responsible for a child’s suicide because he or she was a bully?
A child who was described by Diana Wade ~ violinist with Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra this way, “He was so incredibly talented. I could not believe how good he was for such a young boy. He was such a nice kid all the way around. … As a parent, he was the way you want your kids to be — polite, courteous, serious about the work he was doing and a hard worker.”
Parents, we must teach our children that diversity is one of the most valuable attributes of society and this world of ours! We have to stop our children from being bullies! It is our responsibility. The buck stops here! Please!
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