Unfortunately, there is a large group of Americans out there who don’t believe that the bullying epidemic in the United States is anything to worry about. These people believe that a certain amount of bullying is healthy, and that it tends to make tougher people out of the victims. What these people fail to realize is that being bullied can lead to all sorts of psychological issues. The people who claim that bullying isn’t that big of a deal clearly haven’t been bullied in their lifetime and experienced what it feels like to be afraid to go to school or open your mouth because someone might pick on you, either verbally or physically. What people who don’t see bullying as a major issue also don’t realize is that it can lead to very adverse outcomes, like young children attempting to hurt themselves or kids acting out in violent manners to protect themselves. What most people also don’t realize is that bullying can become incredibly severe if it goes unchecked. Bullies can end up physically harming the people that they’re bullying, either sticking them in lockers or assaulting them on their way to school. The point here is simple: Bullying is a major issue with incredibly adverse effects, and it needs to be squashed from American society.
The severity of bullying in today’s world is precisely why anti bullying programs play such a vital role in American society. These programs look to teach both people who bully and people who are being bullied how to handle the situation and how to avoid bullying whenever possible. They explain to children who are bullies what kind of an impact it has on the person that they’re bullying in an attempt to create some sense of empathy. Often, if bullies can simply be shown how it makes the person they’re bullying feel and what impacts that can have on the person being bullied’s psyche, then often times that’s enough to keep children from bullying one another.
Of course, that’s not all these programs do. They also look to give children the tools they need to counteract bullying when it happens to them. They teach these children the kinds of things they can say, how they can stand up for themselves, and how to talk to adults and teachers (people in positions of power) if the bullying simply won’t stop. In short, they empower children to act on their own behalf and give them a permission structure to seek help when they need it. Often, children who are being bullied feel like there’s nothing they can do and they don’t know how to talk to their parents or their teacher about what’s going on. A school anti-bullying program looks to resolve those issues by giving kids the tools they need to make the bullying stop.
If you’re interested in having an anti-bullying program come to your school, make sure you find a quality program. Without a doubt, Nonviolent Communication for the Next Generation offers one of the best ones that you’ll ever find.