Stopping The Violence Among Our Children
For years, bullying leading to violence among youth has been on the rise. As parents, specifically, mothers, we want our children to be safe. While going out for a family or friend social or allowing our kids to partake in a public outing, we think of safety pertaining to our children. Shockingly, a number of incidents pertaining to bullying leading to possible violence occurred in school settings. We send our children to school to learn how to become a better individual both academically and socially. Alongside obtaining valuable information pertaining to Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, we hope that our children learn lifelong lessons that will ensure success in their futures. Unfortunately, some students have been subjected to learning that the world can be unsafe, unfair, hateful, and ultimately, violent in an unproductive manner. When faced with this disheartening information, the question of “How or why did this happen?” becomes a controversial issue. As a society, we need to learn how be proactive instead of reactive when dealing with critical, societal issues.
Refer To The Following Tips To Help Stop Bullying:
1. Talk with your child/children on a daily basis. (This will enable your child/children to get to “know” you and you will get to “know” them. More importantly, this will be an opportunity to learn about your child’s surroundings, peer pressures, fears, etc.)
2. Get active with your child/children. (As a means to increase comfort ability, some children need to be involved in some type of activity. It relaxes and enables them to talk. Partaking in a game, walking, shopping, etc. could possible get your children to be more open.)
3. Get Informed. (As a parent, try to stay abreast about what is happening in your household, community, neighborhood, and society-the world. Being informed can assist you with deescalating a deragatory situation before it occurs.)
4. Get Involved. (If time permits, volunteer anywhere-everywhere to ensure that your child is safe. Ex. School, Church, Community Center, Neighborhood Watch, etc.)
As a parent-particularly a mother-, we may not be able to be everywhere anytime and know everything all the time, nevertheless, we can make an attempt to learn to be proactive- most of the time. It is paramount that we learn that learning does not begin and end in a classroom setting. As parents we have to teach our children values, morals, and ethics that will transcend beyond the class and the school environments. Learning to teach our children from both the head and the heart will force them to rely on their conscious to differentiate between what is positive and negative. As parents-specifically mothers-, we all want the best for our children. We aspire for our children to endure a life much better than we experienced as children and adults. Remember, if you are not a part of the solution, than you are a part of the solution. Everyone working collectively, cooperatively, and positively to accomplish a common goal ensures success.
Some Texts That May Be Helpful:
•All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury
•Youth Violence : Current Research and Recent Practice Innovations by Jeffrey M. Jenson
•Youth Violence, Vol. 24 by Mark H. Moore