“Adults aren’t going to fix bullying in our schools and online – it is up to you to make the change”. This is a comment I make when presenting to student groups from elementary school to high school. It is met with some disagreement from the kids because they’ve become skeptical about change. But, I continue to say it and share it and believe it!
We live in a weird time of up to the minute commentary regardless of the real facts or true story. Apps and mobile devices give us instant access to berate total strangers for sport. And, the school yard bully shares equal time with the wired generation to show their supposed superiority as they put down others for their beliefs, ethnicity, lifestyle or simply because it’s “funny”. If we don’t encourage our kids to be the ones to make a difference, to stop the lack of concern for one another and the ending of feelings of entitlement, we are doomed. But kids can do it -they can change our “it’s okay to say anything, anytime culture” and go back to what our grandparents taught us – “If you can’t say anything nice about someone – don’t say anything at all!”
Just when I think no one hears me, a kid comes through. Today it’s two teens from a local high school “just doing an extra credit project”. This video was produced by Abby Sites and Tyler Howell from St. Francis Borgia High School, in Washington, MO (I got permission to use their names…). They’ve chosen the theme – “Words Hurt”. Today I say Your Words Can Heal….thanks for making me right!