Bullying issue

Wow, I watched this video and it teared me up. I guess there’s some pain in my life from some bullying I experienced as a youngster. I didn’t have a lot of bullying, but there was some.

With so much media attention on bullying over the last few years, I just keep getting surprised why this is still such a big issue.

This video here is a powerful one on this issue as well:

As I try to think of reasons why bullying is still such an issue, one of the reasons I believe is because of our new media tools such as texting and Facebook. Things go “viral” really quickly (is that redundant?). My professor at school stated that a major issue in schools today is dating violence which is perpetuated because the girls have a fear of reporting it. They fear if they report it there will be a backlash on Facebook, being labeled as a “whore” or something worse.

I believe another issue is the proliferation in our culture of trying to prank others that is seen in TV shows or movies (e.g. punk’d, pwned,…).

And obviously the age-old technique of tearing others down in order to try to make yourself feel better.

But what other reasons do you think why bullying is such an issue in the schools still? Agree with my thoughts?

UPDATE: Here, this woman brings up the issue with the internet very well:


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8 Responses to Bullying issue

  1. howie snyder says:

    It would not post my other link in the post – not sure why, but here it is: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0J00CMNU&fb_source=message


  2. Sherry says:

    I agree w/you Howie. I don’t know why bullying is still such an issue. I think Satan is still very much at work within us and teenagers are especially prone to the influences of others. I remember in high school spending WAY too much time worrying about what others thought of me. However, I think we all have to go through it to truly appreciate what we have to offer others. Thanks for posting this. I’m happy to hear that she persevered and thrived in this situation.


    • howie snyder says:

      Yes, me too – and became such an inspiration and instrument of peace to others. We hear many of these stories ending badly. Hopefully more and more of these bullied teenagers will start seeing more hope in stories like this and find help.


  3. Kim says:

    I really like how a group of girls from another school showed up at the game to give Whitney support. Maybe some headway is being made where kids are willing to support and defend those who are bullied. Part of our bully curriculum at our elementary school encourages kids to help defend or support other kids who are being bullied.


  4. howie snyder says:

    I added this link above, but good thoughts here on the ease and use of the internet to bullies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUOpqd0rQSo&feature=player_embedded


  5. It’s not going away because we are giving our teens no reason to see themselves and one another as valuable human creations. Not valuable for what they accomplish or in the “you’re special” sort of value. It’s a spiritual issue, not surprisingly. That girl’s answer and the family support she got to hold her head up were beautiful.


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