I applaud their attempt but wonder if children might need to learn to fight some of their own battles, for bullies do grow up and we must all learn to deal with them sometime during our lives. This may sound facile, but sometimes simple is better. If there is a severe case of bullying, hopefully with adult reassurances and informed advice the situation can be handled before it gets out of hand. There are always exceptions to the rules and these might need to be handled individually with common sense not necessarily legislation.
I agree with laws that have to do with intimidation and defamation involving computers, phones, photos and privacy issues but when discussing words and actions we’re talking about a slippery slope that I think needs much more common sense and talk before legislation should be passed affecting minors and school funding.
If we totally shelter our children how will they grow up to be competent, mature adults able to deal with the aggressive, obnoxious adults they eventually will meet in the real world daily?
I believe it is our duty to help them understand the fine line between protection and their own survival instincts. We must explain that though unfortunately there are bullies and ignorant people in all walks of life we must talk calmly and intelligently to them, speak our mind, stick to our principals yet still things might not turn out the way we want, nor the way they should. There are times people may not pick us to be on their team, they may not play us in the game though we are the better player and this is life. Life is not always fair. They may say stupid things for no reason, avoid them, they have their own issues. Try to make other friends who will stick with you and be by your side for there is safety in numbers. We must keep going out there doing our best anyway.
It is far better to try to be among the crowd enjoying oneself, ignoring, not engaging, never be brought to angry words for they thrive on that…DO NOT engage in anger! If one must deal with these poor souls, smile, speak quietly and intelligently to the bully with your principles behind you, try to rise above, let them use the bluster and anger and look the fool eventually leaving you alone, blowing themselves out thus showing their hand and shallowness for they are after all bullies!
That’s my advice and my two cents from having met two bullies lately….and they now avoid me, knowing I know their game and won’t play.
© Evelyn Garone 2.25.14