In my school days, I was bullied. It was in the classroom right under the teacher’s nose. When I went home for the day, I carried my thoughts with me, but only my thoughts; I was able to escape the actual act of bullying.
Today, with phones and social media, there is no escape. The bullying can continue on in the child’s bedroom, on a bus, on the toilet, at the dinner table and the perpetrator doesn’t even need to be invited into the child’s life. It is online for all the see and all to comment.
The act of bullying is cowardly, that is a fact. But faceless bullying is so much easier. I worry that when my children go to school, they may be a victim – or worse still, the perpetrator. I can’t cut them off from social media. Social media is a part of society and to exclude it is to exclude a way of life.
I hope and pray that I teach my daughters good values, enable a strong self esteem and a foundation in which to make good choices and be a support to them.
Posted anonymously, 28th April 2015