This Web quest is prepared for 4th and 5th Graders
By: Maud White
BULLYING IS UNCOOL
Bully is defined by dictionary.com as”a blustering,quarrelsome,overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.” Some people can be very,very mean and nasty. Though,they may not be Bullys,sometimes they act like Bullys when they make fun of others because of the way they look,talk or dress. Some Bullys even beat up on other children for no apparent reason. They usually take personal stuff like money,food,clothing or toys from other children.
Bullying is a serious problem that needs to be addressed during a child’s early learning days so that repeat behaviors can be curtailed. Recently it came to light that children are not the only ones bullied as recently it was discovered that even adults are being bullied in the work place.
Because bullying poses a threat to the well being of many, preventing it needs to be addressed very often. Bullying accounts for many children committing suicide and taking the lives of other innocent adults and children in the process. According to statistics “new research on 37 school shootings, including Columbine, found that almost three-quarters of student shooters felt bullied, threatened, attacked or injured by others. In fact, several shooters reported experiencing long-term and severe bullying and harassment from their peers. Source: Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education”. Another website,us-mayors.org states,”about 30 percent of students in the U.S are involved in bullying on a regular basis either as a victim,bully or both. “Cyber bullying has and is becoming more and more common and it happens in and out of school. Teens in grades 6 to 10 are most likely to be involved in activities related to bullying.”
Bullying should not be taken lightly. And, boys and girls you have the power to bring about change in your school and in the world. If you tease,kick,push,hit,insult, or taunt others then, you should stop because, you are making the lives of others miserable. When you belittle, make fun of,laugh,shove,punch,tell lies,or take the property of others you are behaving like a Bully. You should end your actions because, you don’t know where your actions will lead. You see,the child who is being bullied may be on the edge. He or she may say,”I have had it!” and may decide to take drastic action all because you were mean or laughed at him or her. And,though you may not be a Bully, your negative actions may be what finally drives him or her to end it all for you,other innocent people and him or herself.
This is why all this unkindness needs to stop. If you do not have any thing nice to say to others,you should just shut up! You don’t know whether or not you shall become the next victim or find yourself in a cross fire with some one who is bullied or some one who is a Bully . You may think that your little teasing is nothing but again, you don’t know what is going on in the head of that child or what he or she is going through away from school. So it’s best to play it safe. If you do not have anything nice to say, just let people be.
School is not only a place for learning, but also a safe haven for many children therefore, you need to respect and let other children be. If you don’t want to be friends with certain children that’s alright, just don’t make their lives miserable because, school is suppose to be a safe learning environment and that maybe the only place where they feel safe. So, when you feel the urge to laugh at,tell lies,tease,fight or embarrass others, ask yourself how would I feel if I were on the receiving end of bullying?
The time to take action to delete bullying is now. And,just like you do Math,Language Arts,and other subjects every day, in the same way,zero tolerance bullying should be addressed. Waiting for some thing drastic to happen to start showing kindness and respectful to others is just too late. You need to spread love to others on a daily basis. The practice of good citizenship is so important for the benefit of all that if it is not practiced bullying will take precedence and we shall all suffer the consequences.