Do you have someone in your life that belittles you? Someone who makes you feel stupid, inadequate, or incapable? That person is a bully! According to the Webster’s Dictionary a bully is one who is cruel to others that are weaker than they are.
According to firstaidfamily.org almost 30 percent of teens in the United States (or over 5.7 million) are estimated to be involved in school bullying as either a bully, a target of teen bullying, or both. In a recent national survey of students in grades 6 to 10, 13 percent reported bullying others, 11 percent reported being the target of school bullies, and another 6 percent said they bullied others and were bullied themselves.
Those numbers are mind bottling to me. Today as I happened to watch Dr. Phil, a young girl reported being bullied by a group of girls in school. She was repeatedly beat. The victim had to change her phone number, Facebook, and Myspace because she was constantly left with threatening messages. All because they didn’t like her. Tears filled my eyes as I heard her story. This is only half of what some teens deal with everyday. Not only was her story devastating, but there were also kids bullying their own parents. They see it at school and bring it in the home.
There is a problem and it needs to be dealt with. What are you going to do? Did your heart fill with sympathy? Did you become upset when you read the previous statistics or when you read the synopsis of the young girls story? I was mad when I heard about her experience. I once heard the acronym for mad is “make a difference.” I will make a difference and my motivation is being mad about what is happening among our teens. My publications will cater to teens and will deal with those type of topics, hopefully I will be able to minister to teens at their schools.
This can’t be ignored and I refuse to turn my head. I refuse to wish someone else can help them, when I can. What can you do? Can you volunteer your time? Can you mentor someone? See someone, when no one else does. Extend a hand. Dry someone’s tears of sadness and turn them into tears of joy.
I challenge you today to get mad. To learn more about bullying click here. ©