Much attention has been focused in recent years on school bullying. Horrific case examples of children being bullied and then committing suicide or homicide certainly make headline news. Yet bullying has been around for as long as children have been going to school. Only in extreme cases does it actually make the news. So many suffer in silence. Furthermore, there are so many subtle ways to bully treating others with disrespect and lack of compassion. It seems to be a chronic problem with few clear and direct solutions. Even the White House has engaged in a nationally funded campaign against school bullying.
School is right around the corner for millions of children and teens across the land. If you have school aged children or teens you might be shopping for schools supplies and perhaps some new clothes as well. While you are adding things to their backpacks, can you make a little room for ethics too?
Sadly, I don't have simple solutions to this problem. No one does. But perhaps before school starts you might consider talking with your children about school ethics. Ask your child how do they want to be? What kind of person do they wish to be in school and elsewhere? Could you engage them in a conversation about respect, responsibility, integrity, competence, and concern for others? Maybe the best rule of thumb really is the Golden Rule...treat others as you wish to be treated. While it may seem trite and obvious it really is an excellent way of operating in the world (not only for school children but for everybody). If you really treated others as you wish to be treated then bullying would disappear for good. In fact, a lot of social problems would disappear for good for that matter.