Although if seems every school in the country has adopted an anti-bullying campaign, both bullying and exclusion continue. Two women who experienced bullying in school have joined forces to mount a Kind Campaign aimed exclusively at girls, and I am very impressed with their work. The Kind Campaign is all about raising awareness about girl bullying and putting an end to it.
Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson became friends in college, shared their school bullying experiences, set out to make a documentary about bullying, and have now traveled over 10.000 miles to present specifically to girls about bullying awareness. They have seen bullying grow exponentially because of social media, which exacerbates the problem by being present 24/7. Their story and mission are very compelling, as they share some of their findings about the kinds of things bullies do to exclude girls. It is really worth the few minutes time to view.-please click on this link:
I was a teacher for 37 years, and my colleagues and I spent hours discussing the hurtfulness of bullying with our students. Kids are so desperate for acceptance, which gives others great power over them. As adults, we would not care about the cruel words of those who are not really friends, but during middle school and high school, students are still learning who they are and how to be confident in themselves, and being a part of a group is so important. I applaud this program and sincerely hope these two women continue to make a difference.
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