It has always fascinated me how much you can connect with someone on so many levels. Throughout the years, I’ve met a number of people who’ve experienced a lot of the things I feared discussing with others.
Bullies are everywhere. Regardless of age group, gender, or profession, there has always been someone trying to push someone else around. According to a recent Seventeen.com poll, 62% of the participants said they’ve considered transferring schools because of a bully.
Those polled noted that appearance and weight are top of mind for bullies when choosing their victims. Seventeen.com surveyed 716 randomly selected teens and young adults ages 13-24.
But not all hope is lost for future generations, with 90% of the participants who agreed that kindness and 50% who said humor were two of the most valued characteristics of their peers.
How Adults Can Help
Adults play an important role in helping students stop bullying. The results showed that most polled had consulted an adult to try to stop a bully.
Whenever I think about the possibility of our kids running into a bully or two throughout their lives I remind myself that everything is going to be okay. My husband and I have been prepping our boys daily for them to understand that not everyone is kind, but there are people who are and how they need to be one of them.
Kindness goes a long way, but so does standing your ground. Since becoming a parent, I’ve had to show others the importance of not mistaking kindness for weakness. This is what we try to instill in our boys — the value of being true to yourself and standing by your beliefs.
Former B2B editor and marketing manager turned Family & Lifestyle blogger. Fatima is passionate about life and being social.
When she isn't running around with her husband, three kids, and two pups, Fatima helps other bloggers and local businesses with their online marketing strategy.
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