160,000 kids skipped school today–an impact of bullying

160,000. That’s the size of a small city. It’s a lot of kids skipping school because of the emotional and physical risks of bullying.

I got that figure from the video embedded here.  

This is one of a great many videos on bullying on Youtube. Did you know that YouTube is now the second-largest search engine (after Google, which owns YouTube). There’s a good reason. If you’re interested in the topic of bullying I suggest going to YouTube and searching under “cyber bullying”. Screen what you see before showing it to children (the one I linked above is certified kid-safe). Some of these would be great for showing at parent meetings.

Bullying takes many forms. This morning I had a call from a principal who is concerned because several fights among students in the past few school days have been provoked by text messages sent from their cell phones. They are using cyber-bullying, cyber name-calling, and cyber-gossip to create  a general atmosphere of intimidation. We’ll start working with that school this week…but, as I told the principal, don’t expect any quick fixes. This is likely going to take some time. I’m very interested to see how it goes.


One Response

  1. Very interested to hear more about the work with this school.

    Bullying affects everyone in every form. It certainly is a community and societal issue that has gone on for too long.

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