Blogging Baby Sleepover: Saturday, November 25, 2006

Filed under: Playground Bureau

Last week I wrote about a UK survey which discovered that 7 out of 10 students felt they had been the victims of bullying. I've written deeply personal essays on the horrors of my life at age 13 and how bullying shaped who I ultimately am, for better or for worse.

Tonight I point you to some bloggers who are talking about bullying. Perhaps your child is going through something similar. Maybe you experienced something like this yourself. Perhaps through talking about it, we can come up with ways to improve the situation before another child commits suicide over it.

This idea of linking to blog posts that speak to racism was sparked by Gawdessness, who left a comment on my original bullying post. She had bullying on the brain too and wanted to share her thoughts. She writes, "Knowing you're different is not the same as knowing why you are different or knowing how to change that or being able to."

As I searched for blog posts on bullying, I was surprised by the number of parents who jokingly referred to their toddlers as bullies. They wanted their toddlers to stop hitting and biting other children, but the underlying tone was that the toddler-as-bully concept is cute or comical. That really irks me, because it's that exact attitude that gives children the impression that bullying is acceptable if you're cute or cool. Terrance at the Republic of T says that kids are learning racism and homophobia as early as age three. Which made me think of Izzy's story about her six-year-old getting beat up in kindergarten. Yes folks, it starts that early.

Gayla M's kids are being bullied into depression. And the principal won't even return her calls. The bullying discussion carried over to White Trash Moms, where a mom was dismayed at having to change her daughter's school to get away from the Mean Girls. The always hilarious SlackerMommy took matters into her own hands and called the bully's parents herself.

What I could not find were blogs of parents whose children were the bullies. (Not the toddler kind.) Though I understand this might be a difficult thing to admit -- let alone online -- I was hoping for one person to have the courage to admit this problem. You would think a parent who was aware would be seeking help or an ear from online readers. If you know of such a parent blogger, please leave the link in the comments so we can all learn from a different perspective.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.