Bullying and Girls: A Time for Discussion
The issues of bullying, harassment, teasing and intimidation
were discussed, role played, and even acted out through
artwork and acting. Twenty young ladies from elementary
thru high school participated in the presentation:
“I Will Survive Bullying”
Arranged by Journey Into Womanhood held at Community
Connections in Jacksonville, Florida. A program designed
by Mrs. Coleman-Moss (Empowerment Resources), the mission
is to “empower youth and their families, but to establish
community partnerships and expose families to other community
Empowerment Resources Inc.
Empowerment Resource’s Journey Into Womanhood™ (JIW)
provided an interactive presentation by William Jackson
(My Quest To Teach) to discuss bullying and cyberbullying,
harassment, teasing and intimidation. Mr. Jackson a teacher,
presenter on Social Media, Internet Safety, Youth and Technology,
and Guest Host on BlogTalkRadio “Courageous Conversations Ask
A Teacher,” designed an interactive presentation called,
“I Will Survive Bullying” focusing on self esteem, bullying
prevention, nonviolent strategies, empathy, local laws and
self confidence when dealing with bullying and other forms
This presentation was attended by 20 young ladies from elementary
to high school. The young ladies all had experiences with teasing
and bullying, but at various degrees. Some were bullied because
of their clothes, some their hair, some even because of the color
of their skins (Colorism). Colorism is not a new form of bullying,
but a dangerous form of inter-cultural racism.
This workshop provided an opportunity
for the young ladies to talk about the seriousness of events
happening at schools locally and nationally. The information shared
was guided by a discussion from current school topics and questions
that youth have about why they maybe picked out and bullied,
the appropriate nonviolent responses to bullying, involvement
of teachers and administrators and communicating with parents.
The use of Social Media was integrated into the discussion
because of the increase of CyberStalking and CyberBullying
through computers, Smartphones, and other devices that have
access to online content. Teens major mode of communication
is with electronic devices and CyberStalking and
CyberBullying along with Sexting are growing.
Educators and administrators are the first lines of deterrence for
bullying in classrooms and schools, the young ladies shared their
lack of trust for many teachers and administrators because as
students they feel they are not taken seriously about this issue
that is creating an atmosphere of fear, mental and emotional
trauma and missing of school.
Studies of bullying by various organizations found that students
threaten repeatedly suffer from various forms of Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD) that is commonly associated with combat
veterans. Several students in high school openly stated that
teachers have disregarded their reporting of bullying that
students receive in schools and are fearful of violence because
“no one takes it serious at my school” says one high school young
lady. They do not want to be labeled as “snitches.”
Statistics show that students are stressed, Bullyingstatistics.org,
“77% of students experience bullying in some form: mental,
verbal, or physical.”
The incidents that can be measured are determined by the
regularity of the events. If bullying is consistent and
continuous there is cause for alarm and intervention at
schools. Students may feel imprisoned if subjected to regular,
consistent and continuous bullying.
They may feel no way out of what they perceive as a
trapped situation creating stress that builds and may
cause mental and physical challenges.
Through the efforts of organizations like Empowerment
Resource’s Journey Into Womanhood, young ladies can talk
about incidents of bullying and build strategies to deal
with and prevent potential incidents. A very important
element is that students have a parent or guardian to
talk to, to have a mature adult that values what the
student feels and acts upon their stresses by inquiry
and finding solutions. Stated by several young ladies the
support from parents is very important. Knowing there is
someone they can go to and share how they feel and values
their feeling empowers them to be strong and confident.
Schools need to provide support in more ways because
traditional strategies are not working.
Empowerment Resources Inc.
Understanding Bullying and Violence