October: Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Bullying at schools Photo: ALAMY telegraph.co.uk

Bullying at schools Photo: ALAMY
telegraph.co.uk

Not all people has experienced being bullied, so I guess not all people would understand how it feels like. Being told that you’re not good enough because of how you act, or how your skin looks is something that you will carry on until you get old.  I know how it feels like sitting in the middle of the van while other kids call you names and wait for you to cry. That was how I spent my 5 years in grade school, until I couldn’t take it anymore and decided to just commute to get away from the bullies. People may think its too shallow, or funny, or may even think that it’s pure nonsense. But to a person who has experienced being bullied, it is something completely different.

Bullying has never been looked into here in the Philippines. People think that it’s common for kids to pick on one another because they’re just being “kids”. The problem with the society that we live in is that people don’t take it seriously and even if they try to listen, they would still blame you for being “too sensitive.” People would never understand because they do not want to understand. However, this act of hate should not be tolerated. As educators, as parents, as concerned citizens, we should get involved. Bullying mostly happens in schools, but there are times that it happens even in their community. Studies show that children who experience being bullied have higher tendencies of dropping out or being absent in school. They usually suffer from depression, low self- esteem and insecurity that they carry on in their adulthood stage.

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and we should all take part on this occasion. Let’s all do this for the kids and for those people who experienced the same thing that we did and are still experiencing the same thing. Bullies can never tell us what we are. People can’t judge us by the color of our skin, our sexuality, our religion, and even our appearance. We live by our own rules and define our own lives.

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