#NotOnMyWatch™ does not tolerate bullying in any form, in any arena, at any time. Too many lives have been lost because of bullying, and it is a behavior that is unacceptable and completely modifiable.
StopBullying.gov defines bullying as:
“unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.”
Merriam-Webster defines bullying as:
- treating someone abusively
- affecting someone by means of force or coercion
- using browbeating language or behavior
According to the National Education Association, 160,000 students skip school EACH DAY because of bullying.
Bullying STARTS in childhood, but it doesn’t STOP there unless something is done to stop it. Children who are continuously allowed to bully others are more likely to become adult bullies. People all over the world (young and old) and being bullied because of race, age, intelligence level, socioeconomic status, religion (or lack thereof), family structure, weight, disability, sexual orientation, and much more. Bullying happens at school, in the work place, and even within marriage and families. As stated previously, some people have even taken their lives as a result of being bullied. This phenomenon is known as bullycide.
It is time that we educate ourselves and others so that this does not continue to happen! Those memes we pass around the internet are always funny until one pops up about us or someone close to us. Those rumors we spread are always juicy until we look on social media and see that someone we love is the subject of cyberbullying. We ALL have been guilty of bullying in some shape or form – and a lot of times, we mean no harm at all. However, just because no harm is meant doesn’t mean that no harm is done. Always remember this fact.
Join us in the fight against bullying by informing yourself and others. Together, we can and WILL make a difference!
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