by Nick Mance
Bullying has become an epidemic in our country, and it is seemingly on the rise. Many experts believe that social media has contributed to this due to the perceived anonymity it provides. We are seeing not only face-to-face bullying continue to grow, but cyberbullying is also steadily increasing and leading to horrendous problems like shame, poor body image, depression and anxiety, self-harm, suicide, and harming of others.
This is not a new topic but is one that is becoming highlighted and more perverse as we have new forums and avenues for it to occur. In looking at this topic, there are numerous resources available for you to have healthy and proactive conversations with your student about it, but also ways to better educate yourself and those in your sphere of influence.
Jonathan McKee has recently published a book called “The Bullying Breakthrough” that is designed to help parents, teachers, bystanders, and the bullies work through what is occurring. Jon takes an in-depth look at the causes and responses that occur by offering personal examples of his being bullied, as well as stories that he has curated from numerous people around the country. Jon also offers resources, tips, and ways to help all those involved and offers a creative and new way to engage with this epidemic.
This book walks through some difficult topics and doesn’t shy away from the horrific reality many students are faced with, and it brought me to tears at various points. But as I was reading it and weeping over the hurt that has happened and is happening, God worked in my heart that we must do better at reaching and caring for all involved. This is a book I would highly recommend to every parent and educator, and I would hope you would consider picking it up.
I am also attaching an easy-to-use conversational tool for you to talk with your student about bullying. And here are some helpful websites to utilize as well:
These aren’t foolproof but do provide a springboard to having a prolonged conversation about what is happening in their lives. If you ever have questions or would like additional resources, please reach out. We would love to be a resource for you.
Praying for you, your students, and the culture they walk through on a daily basis,