Most people can remember some point in their lives when they had to deal with a bully. For most people, it is an extremely uncomfortable memory that they would rather forget. Unfortunately, bullying continues to occur on a regular basis every day. Bullying can occur almost anywhere. It does not only happen on the school playground. It is also not just a problem of one child calling another child names.
Today, most states have laws that require schools to have some type of bullying program in place. That is a fine idea, but children must still be taught by parents and teachers how to deal with bullies when situations arise. One of the most important lessons that the child must learn is that it is not tattling to let an adult know that someone is giving them a hard time. Adults for their part, must be ready to step in and assist children who are being bullied by others. Depending on the type of situation, this could involve confronting the bully, letting a school administrator know about situation, talking to the child’s parents, or helping the child’s parents to get in touch with the proper authorities.
Most people think of physical bullies when they remember their own childhood. This is a situation where one child actually does another child physical harm. This is not the only type of bullying however. Unfortunately, thanks to today’s high tech society, cyber bullies are now a major problem. This type of bullying takes place when one person uses technology like cell phones or social networking sites on the computer to harass and taunt another person. New laws are being enacted to help combat this type of bullying. Anyone who is being harassed in this manner should be certain to contact their local authorities. Especially in the case of using cell phones to send her inappropriate messages, the police can often be quite helpful in getting phone records from the companies who provide wireless service. Once these records are obtained, the police will be able to best determine how to proceed. Depending on the situation, this could even include pressing formal charges against the person doing the bullying.
Regardless of the type of bullying which has occurred, it should never be tolerated or excused. Parents and teachers must take every report from a child seriously. It may turn out to be not much of a problem at all, but if actual harassment is taking place, it needs to be stopped as quickly as possible.