I want to encourage you to visit my post at CWAHM today.
I’m talking about something that has not only greatly affected my 9-year-old son, but also my entire family. Sam was the target of a bully who was relentless in his pursuit. So much so, that we had to pull Sam from school mid-year and move him into a different school.
His heart was wounded. His self-confidence dinged. His stress level was off the charts.
It was all I could do to not take the bully out myself. However, that’s illegal so I decided against it. But I know you can relate when I say… “Don’t. Mess. With. My. Cubs.”
Well slowly but surely, Sam is on the mend. He has been so courageous. He shows such resilience. And we all have seen first-hand that God is in the business of restoration.
Friends, bullying is reaching epidemic proportions with our kids and within our schools and we need to stand against it. The statistics are alarming. According to an article titled “School Bullying Statistics – The ABCs of Harassment”…
- Over 75% of students are subjected to harassment by a bully or Cyber-Bully and experience physical, psychological and/or emotional abuse.
- On a daily average 160,000 children miss school because they fear they will be bullied if they attend classes.
- On a monthly average 282,000 students are physically attacked by a bully each month.
- Every seven minutes a child is bullied on a school playground with over 85% of those instances occurring without any intervention.
- A child commits suicide as a direct result of being bullied once every half hour with 19,000 bullied children attempting to commit suicide over the course of one year.
Other stats show that a bully:
- Is 6x more likely to be incarcerated by the age of 24.
- Is 5x more likely to have a serious criminal record when he grows up.
- Has been the target of bullying in the past (2/3 of students report this).
And it’s no wonder, because the average child has watched 8,000 televised murders and 100,000 acts of violence before finishing elementary school.
These statistics make me sick to my stomach. You, too?
Sisters, this isn’t God design. And as parents, we cannot be passive when it comes to protecting our children.
Based on our own experience, I’ll be offering suggestions on how to help prepare your kids as well as what to do if they are already a victim of bullying.
We’ll also look at what scripture says about it.
I hope to see you there…