School is a place that nearly everyone can relate to. It is the location where each and every person spent countless hours of life during their childhood. School is a place to meet others and learn about the fundamentals of the world. However, a location where individuals from all backgrounds meet is bound to have a few bumps in the road. Kisling, Nestico & Redick recently published a piece about bullying in regards to its origins, how it’s changing, and actions adults can take. Schools should be a location of peace and learning, rather than a place for students to be personally attacked. A recent Newswire piece provides additional insight.
The cause of bullying steams from a variety of factors. It might be an individual thinking they are better than the other in terms of personal strength, size, academic skills, or other personality traits. The perpetrator who starts the action will often resort to violence right away. However, smarter individuals might use verbal or social abuse instead. They understand that creating invisible scars will have a stronger effect. This is taken a step further through the use of the internet. Children are subjected to hateful messages from strangers online, or their classmates tacking bullying outside of the classroom. Bullying is a timeless issue that evolves in methods as new options become available.
Kisling, Nestico & Redick see the solution as a two part puzzle. The first step is having adults who can identify when a child might be troubled. Common signs to look for include personal harm, damaged items, and a general decline in social interactions. A child who is regressing should be spoken to as soon as possible. The first step an adult can take assuring them that you are on their side. Once they open up, the adult must take action right away. Children do not report their experiences out of fear that doing so will only increase the bulling directed at them. However, Kisling, Nestico & Redick believe that creating trusting relationships early in life can go a long ways in solving issues as they arise later.