It seems like every day we wake up to hear of yet another bullying story in the news. I’m not sure if we’re hearing about more cases because the schools and media have taken a stance or if there’s just more cases, period. Just this morning there was another news story about a teen who was picked for Homecoming court, only to learn that it was a prank by many of her peers to embarrass her. While this particular story had a positive outcome because the teens community got wind of the story and many local businesses began offering to pay for her dress, homecoming dinner, etc, encouraging the teen to still attend her Homecoming dance, not all bullying stories end this way.
As parents, I feel that these news stories are reminders (or lessons) that give us an opportunity to teach our children about bullying and what is acceptable behavior. Since my son is four and started preschool this year I’ve briefly touched on the topic of bullying so he can be aware of what it is and what to do if a situation were to arise. I have instilled in him that if you are kind to others they will be kind to you.