The Bully Project
I recently came across promotions for The Bully Project, a documentary opening March 30th that looks at how we've all been affected by bullying, whether as victims, perpetrators or standing witness to it. It's sad and astonishing to realize that more than 5 million kids in our country will experience some form of bullying this year alone. As a victim of childhood bullying myself, I can attest to the fact that it can leave deep scars that impact decisions and relationships for years afterwards.
Think about how technology has changed what our kids are exposed to on a regular basis and the social tools they have at their disposal. Then consider how many of those tools can be used by a bully to inflict pain that not only can be felt by the victim but can make its way to many more people with its lasting power.
Regularly, I hear stories about one of our students who enrolled in one of our partner schools to escape the regular bullying they were forced to endure that caused constant disruption in their lives and negatively impacted their ability to learn. I also talk to many parents who are exploring K12 and online education as an option to help their child escape a current bullying situation and offer them a safe enviroment where they are free to thrive and experience success.
It's more clear today than ever, we can not consider bullying a childhood rite of passage. Every student has the right to wake up every morning expecting to learn and explore in a safe environment. We all need to become more informed about what we can do as parents to help stop bullying.
- thinktanK12 blog: Bullying
- Education.com: Bullying at School and Online
- The Bully Project
- thinktanK12 blog: Online Learning Can Help Kids Escape Bullying and Learn