Always Be Kind
Many years ago I remember my Mother telling me to stop treating my brother that way. I don’t recall what it was about or what I did, but I know she was very strict when it came to how we talked to and treated other people. We were taught at a very young age that all people deserve to be treated with respect, (especially our elders) and dignity.
I once sat in the pew at Church when our Pastor spoke on Ephesians 4:32. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” He added let no corrupt communication come out of your mouth.
My grandparents used to say do unto others as you would have others do unto you. We’ve all heard that at one time or another. It is dissappointing to say the least that kids today are not taught to be kind to one another or have respect for others. I heard a parent the other day say “kids will be kids.” She just doesn’t understand the problem! Young people can be damaged for life and many have taken their own lives as a direct result of other peoples unkind and bullying words.
Bullying is an issue that affects the lives of most all children in some manner. You could be the one bullied or the one responsible for the bullying. You may be the one watching from the sidelines. Ask any kid and they will tell you it’s hard to go to school these days. Kids find themselves torn in all different directions. Every kid wants to be liked and accepted by others, especially their peers. When kids find themselves the target of cruelty, rumors, taunting, physical assaults and mean spirited not so funny jokes, it can become too much to handle.
Today kids are often victims of internet, text and instant message bullying, which can follow them everywhere they go.
Adults, parents, eduators and others play a major role in the battle against bullying. When that barrier is broken there is no longer a safe environment for kids. The effects of bullying can then turn devastating and tragic. School officials should impose harsh penalties and consequences for bullying behavior. No one should turn a blind eye or deaf ear to bullying of kids.
School age bullying is a serious concern for all children. The bullied student loses interest in life and is forced to make major decisions. Should they fight back or turn the other cheek? Should they tell their parents or teachers? They wonder if it’s better and safer to keep quiet and ride it out.How can a child be expected to learn, or do their homework at night?
Many children turn out fine, blessed with the emotional stability to overcome the taunts, others are devastated by the experience, which will likely remain with them the rest of their lives. Bullying should not be tolorated at anytime at any level. It is a major problem and those guilty of it should be held accountable.
“Let no corrupt talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear,” St. Paul.