Over the past few years, bullying has become more and more of a topic of discussion. With the children that are taking their lives because of it, we have been forced to think about the things that we allow children to say to each other, and we have decided to take a stand that we are not going to allow it anymore. In my childhood, there were times that I was bullied, but I don’t think that the level of it was anywhere near the level that children face today. I am sure that some of the things that were said to me changed who I was then, and I don’t know how different I would be without those things.
One of the people who I follow on Twitter posted this video, and it kind of struck a chord with me. There are so many things that you have to worry about as a parent, and you have to add this to the list. A school or playground should be a safe place for a child, but that has changed over the years. I hope that we can shift the world back to the way it used to be. Teasing and name-calling will always be around, but we have to limit the severity of it. We have to take the bite of our youth’s tongues. It is not until you get much older that you realize how much of an impact your words have on other people, and a child will never understand that. We have to teach them kindness and acceptance of all people.