I just forced myself to watch all 10 minutes and 9 seconds of this video.
It was truly one of the most gut-wrenching experiences I have ever had. My stomach started churning 10 seconds into the video.
I want to share my first and raw thoughts from the video and I would love to hear your reaction…
1. Bullying Should Not Be Ignored
The issue of Bullying is so complex. When I think through, “How can I stop bullying?” It feels like someone just asked me to fit all the water from Niagra Falls in a milk jug. It feels impossible. But if you are tempted to think that the emphasis on Bullying is too much, just watch this video. It has captivated the country because this emotional abuse is happening every day to kids. We can’t stop educating and bringing attention to this subject no matter how overwhelming it might seem to find the solution.
2. Educate Your Teenager
Because you love and believe in your teenager, I am sure you think they would never participate in this kind of Bullying. I am not at all disputing that. I do, however, believe that our love for our kids allows us to underestimate the human capacity for evil and the power of the mob mentality like the example in this video.
When I wrote on the “Facebook Parenting: For the Troubled Teen” video (include link-http://www.parentzilla.com/facebook-parenting-for-the-troubled-teen/) many of you wanted to argue with me about who was at blame. I will say now what I said then, everyone in this situation shares the blame (except of course, the victim). I am not at all saying what happened on that bus was normal, but I am saying that humans have the capacity for that kind of evil. Unfortunately, all of us are human.
Therefore, this should serve as a reminder to educate your teenager against the evil of Bullying.
Some of you might disagree with me, but if this video is anything it is a very raw education tool.
You might think the language and content is too intense, and I will respect that. But I also believe if your teenager is mature enough to handle it, this video is one of the best discussion starters on bullying that you are going to find. You could watch it together as the doorway to a conversation that could make the difference between your teenager becoming the Bully or the one who stands up against the Bully.
Another great resource to watch with your teenager to get them talking about this subject is the documentary “Bully”. You can learn more at www.bullyproject.com