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Childhood Bullying – Stop it Before it Ever Begins… and Really Bad Things Happen

Jonathan Hinshaw - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

(2nd of a 6 Part Series)


By Rodney E Henderson

February 10, 2014

“Some of the top years for bullying include 4th through 8th graders in which 90 percent were reported as victims of some kind of bullying. ”        

 -    www.bullyingstatistics.org

In my introduction to this subject, I stated that my target audience was children ages 3 to 7 yet, the citation I used to lead in to this article references kids ages 9-18. This contradiction is purposely highlighted to bring to attention a core tenet of my beliefs in this area – that if you wait until the issue of bullying actually appears, you have not only waited too long to address the issue, but you have also made its resolution exponentially more difficult. In my view, the single biggest point I hope to impress upon you is that the tools and behaviors to combat this social disease need to take place well in advance of the ages where it predominantly manifests itself. The good news is that if you buy into this one simple premise, then half (more?) the battle is won because the basic tenets to fighting this disease are the basic tenets to living a good and moral life and are encapsulated in three simple but oh-so-powerful words – respect, compassion and understanding. Alright, I can see some of the eyes rolling already and some of you are already nick naming me Captain Obvious, but the the power and challenge of this statement comes to play by asking a simple question that only you can answer honestly – how much exposure has your child had to these simple words? Do they even understand at any level what they mean?

The point that I am trying to drive home is that while the vast majority of us get it (those that don’t are already part of the problem and a subject that will be addressed in a later discussion), that these are wonderful words with substantive meaning, it is a minority that actually bring these words to life in their everyday affairs. This is where I do not want to be guilty of some of the impractical suggestions offered by my well-meaning academic counterparts. While it would be wonderful to have sat down with my kids on a consistent basis to discuss these words, their meaning and the impact they could have on their lives, my lack of discipline and focus on other matters such as putting food on the table (alright, and watching football) would not have allowed this to happen on a consistent basis and as we all know, repetition is the key to learning.

At this point, we have identified the audience, the problem, and the 50,000 foot level solution. In the next article, we will drop the ceiling down to a lower level with practical and tangible ways to bring the lessons of respect, compassion and understanding into your household.

Yours in early childhood development,

Rodney E Henderson

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