Bully is a movie now in theatres that follows “a year in the life” of America’s bullying crisis through five kids and their families. Tragically, two of the families lost children to suicide.
I do therapy with children and I’m fiercely protective of them. I’m a big sister so I’m also fiercely protective of my “little” (she’s taller than me) sister and “little” (he’s over 6 feet) brother. And now that I’m an auntie, I’m fiercely protective of my niece. FIERCELY protective.
I’ve been lucky – I haven’t been bullied. I was called “bat face” once in Grade 6. That’s about the extent of it. But I’ve had a really good friend go through extreme bullying in Elementary School. She recently completed her thesis in Psychology … it was on bullying. And she used excerpts from her elementary school diary for the titles of each section of her thesis.
I love all the emphasis out there on how cool it is to be different.
I love Ellen’s campaign to stop bullying.
I love that movies about bullying are coming out and hopefully raising even more awareness.
I would really love it if, when I send the kids I work with off to the real world, out of my office, where we’ve just shared a snack of granola bars and apple juice, I didn’t have to cross my fingers and send up a wish that everyone would treat them kindly and show them the compassion we all deserve.
Last week one of the schools I work with did a “Pay It Forward” campaign. The Task: wear the Pay It Forward bracelet, share a kind gesture with someone and pass the bracelet along to the recipient of your kindess. And then ask them to do the same. Today, and onward, let’s do this… It’s not hard to be kind to one another.