Who has been bullied before or has known someone who has been bullied before? Do you know someone currently being bullied? The emotional damage caused by bullying lead many people to feel like their is no other option besides suicide.
Unfortunately it's a very real and common problem among our youth today. It's everywhere from schools to sports - almost anywhere you look. Back in the day, nothing was done or said. Today, progression has been made in a solution, but far not enough. What can we do to help bring awareness to lead us to a solution?
First important questions...
What is a bully?
A bully is a person who uses power to intentionally cause harm to another person, repeatedly targeting the same victim(s). It occurs in many different forms: Physical, verbal, social and cyber bullying.
Bullying has three defining characteristics:
1. Deliberate - a bully's intention to hurt someone.
2. Repeated - the behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated over time.
3. Power Imbalanced - a bully chooses victims whom they perceive as vulnerable.
A recent survey found that of those who had been bullied, 35% had never told anyone, and 40% would keep quiet if someone else was being bullied because they didn't want to be bullied themselves.
So what can we do? Open dialogue with your children is a must! We want our children to feel comfortable enough to speak up. TALK with your child, LISTEN to your child, If we want to make a positive change in our communities, we all need to play a part. The only way to change this is to get involved and be aware.
Team ELM will be holding a fundraiser on December 21st, 2018 at 7 pm at the Prudential Center. We have our own section saved off to raise awareness for bullying and suicide prevention. All proceeds will be donated to Caring Contact located in Westfield, NJ. Caring Contact helps prevent suicide and bullying with training for adults on how to handle situations as well as having a local suicide hotline in New Jersey. Please come out and support the cause!
Please use the link in the flyer below to purchase your tickets!
Let's continue to keep our children safe!!!