Letter: Raise awareness of awful habit infecting our youth


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Posted Online: Feb. 26, 2013, 12:16 pm
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There is a problem that many children and teenagers face today: bullying!
It is sad to say that bullying has become more of a popular way to destroy people's self-esteem and to sometimes force people to change who they are, but we need to constantly be teaching that bullying at all ages is wrong. The best time to start teaching these principles is at a young age, probably 6-8.

We can't just tell them that bullying is wrong; we must give them reasons why it is wrong. Not too long ago in California, Peter's Canyon Elementary School held an anti-bullying meeting with their fourth- and fifth-grade students. They brought in a life-sized dragon named Stinger and 19-year-old Riley Miner to help teach the children that bullying is wrong. We need to continue to raise the awareness of this awful habit that has infected the youth of America with presentations like this.

These presentations get children thinking about not bullying at a young age and help them realize that bullying hurts.

It should not just be the responsibility of the school to teach children these principles, but the children's parents as well. If the principles are stressed at home, it will be more effective for the child. We need to continue to emphasis that bullying is wrong and that it is not too late to help our youth understand why.

Christa Hyatt,
Davenport

















 



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