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September 19, 2012

Bullying: Be Part of The Solution

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Jackson @ 2:07 pm

Agent of Change

Agent of Change

Bullying: Be Part of The Solution

Solutions come in many ways for Bullying;
individual action, political legislation, community
intervention or spiritual intercession.

The actions to end Bullying vary according to
conditions, circumstances and individuals
involved. Proactive action(s) are seen as positive
preventive measures that bring positive and long
lasting change.

There is documented data on the effects of Bullying
on the social interaction of youth and teens, clinical
examinations of psychological and emotional
changes that may cause emotional and
psychological damage with long term effects well
into adulthood.

Many students in schools across the nation are taking
positive steps to change the atmosphere of Bullying
at their schools. Students are working to bring to light
the adverse affects of aggressive behaviors and even
providing counseling services that directly aid in
changing school environments to prevent bullying from occurring.

Mental health services are sometimes not available
or adequately trained to effectively service children
especially for long term treatment.

Students are becoming the Agents of Change
(Connect With Kids),
building programs that bring accountability for actions,
developing programs that encourage dialogue over
aggression and even student councils that “judge”
the actions of the bullied and those perpetuating bullying.
Sentencing in terms of punishment vary, but the end result
is not directed to in school suspension, judicial incarceration
or harsher sentences.

The building of relationships and empathy to bullies is
another way to create change. Understanding the cultural,
social, institutional, and individual dynamics
that create the behaviors expressed in bullying.

Bullying is a Behavior that can be changed, as stated in
Stop Bullying
it is important to “redirect the behavior
of children” that are bullying and understand the reasons why
this behavior is displayed. Agents of Change are important as
students try to understand the process of bullying and are
proactive in preventing it from happening. An Agent of
Change
can be defined as someone who convinces others
to change their behaviors in a positive way, specifically
in regards to the topic of bullying.

The understanding of why a student, boy or girl is the bully and
the reasoning why they feel it necessary to express potentially
violent behaviors to a person or group. Understanding brings
about Change, bullying changes the emotional and psychological
“feeling” of a school and community.

“Social change is sometimes elusive,” Understanding Change:
How It Happens and How to Make It Happen, by Scott London,
but change to be effective must come from within, not forced by
outside influences. This shows the effectiveness of students that
become Agents of Change, because they understand
their school culture and how to make positive changes.

Change is needed when Bullying is a realistic threat, when it changes
the learning dynamic of a school, safety of a community and even
the sanctity of a religious establishment. Students are taking a more
hands on approach to eliminating bullying at schools; their direct
actions can create change where help is provided to all students.

Little thought is sometimes given to the whole body of a school. Once
bullying is inflicted it creates a wave of mistrust, fear, apprehension
and stress for the student body. Students are involved in bullying even
if they are not directly bullied. They see the bullying, they feel the
tension, they absorb the emotional changes and the safety dynamics
are affected. Support should be directed to all students to make sure the
bullying doesn’t continue and effects can be minimized or stopped.

Be Part of The Solution
Students are encouraged to create a Bully Prevention Public Service
Announcement: Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has called on
America’s youth to take the
Stop Bullying Video Challenge
by creating a PSA.

The direction is for students to create informative and entertaining videos
that send a positive message to their peers about the importance of being
“more than a bystander” to bullying in their schools and communities.

Ways that show positive action against bullying and promoting a culture
of kindness and respect in their communities. Youth between 13 and 18
years old are eligible to participate, but those under 18 years of age must
have permission from a parent or guardian.

The contest winner will receive a grand prize of $2,000, with the two
runner-ups earning $500 each. Full details about the contest, including
submission guidelines and rules for eligibility are available at

Stop Bullying Challenge

Note the deadline for submissions is October 14, 2012 at 11 PM ET.

Web Resources
Stop Bullying Be More Than A Bystander
More Than A Bystander

Twitter
#BullyingChallenge

Video by Arne Duncan, Department of Education
Arne Duncan Stopp Bullying

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