Why won’t they stop being mean to me? #AntiBullyingWeek #BeKind

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“Tears stream down my face, and I try to make myself as small as I possibly can. No-one must find me. I don’t want THEM to find me. They keep hurting me. Keep saying horrible stuff to me. I’m not like that. I wasn’t staring. People don’t hate me. Do they?

I try to move further back behind the gym mat as I hear someone approaching me. It’s dark in here. They won’t see me.

But will they be able to reach me and get me out?

It IS safe here. But only here where THEY can’t get to me.

Oh no.

They are coming, I can hear them. They are slowing down. Is it THEM?

Have they found me again?

I thought I was safe. Nowhere is safe is it. Not now.

Help.

They’re going to be mean to be again aren’t they?

Please.

Stop.”

Helen Neale, Aged 6.

That is one of my first memories as a child. Six years old cowering from the bullies behind a gym mat at my primary school in the hall.

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Why won't they stop being mean to me? antibullyingweek #BeKind

I’d run away from them.

Run away again from their taunts, their name calling, their pushing.

I didn’t know where to hide.

Luckily, I was wrong. It wasn’t the bullies.

It was a wonderful, kind teacher that found me. She helped me that day. She helped my parents.

I still remember her name, and the names of the other teachers that cared for me, and looked after me.

I also remember the names of the bullies vividly too.

I’m not too sure that they will remember me though; they have possibly long forgotten the actions they took, and the lasting effects it had on a small, vulnerable little 6-year old.

It has turned me into a strong, caring women, who is desperate to stop other little 6 or 16-year olds feeling the pain and anguish of trying to find a safe place to be in a society where safe places are ever so hard to come by now.

Safe used to be home.

At least at home, the bullies couldn’t get to you anymore.

I thought that hiding behind a gym mat would be safe.

But, you can’t hide behind gym mats anymore; social media is ubiquitous.

Social media follows you wherever you go, so the bullies can be wherever our vulnerable kids are.

Watching. Waiting. Plotting.

The only way that we can beat the bullies is to EDUCATE them, and the children around them.

Bullying isn’t acceptable.

It doesn’t matter what form it comes in.

It doesn’t matter how “character building” it can be.

It doesn’t matter if people keep saying it is “part of growing up.”

If it is affecting a child. You. Your child. Making them sad, isolated and confused. It is not a part of growing up that we should be accepting.

It. Is. Not. Right.

Support The Diana Award today

To help support the education in UK schools of ambassadors to really get to the crux of the bullying problem – let us support the work of Alex Holmes and the Diana Award, and Anti-Bullying Pro. Alex is one of the THE most amazing people I have been fortunate enough to meet.

Someone who has taken a part of his life that was dark, and terrible, and turned it into something wonderful.

Something that brings light and hope to kids across the UK.

Take the time to find out what The Diana Award and Alex are doing across the globe to raise awareness and train ambassadors in schools to change the attitudes that really matter.

The attitudes of the kids that bully, and the kids that could stand and watch. They are training children to have the confidence and power so that they don’t feel they have to stand by and let bullying happen. It’s time to get the bullies to stop being mean.

That way, those that are bullied don’t need to feel alone, and scared again.

Let’s take action today and donate.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to read this – there isn’t really anything any you need to do now, but donate to the cause and be vigilant. Look out for signs of bullying, tell kids to stop being mean and support our kids today.

Thanks so much for reading.

Helen
Why won't they stop being mean to me? Antibullying Week #BeKind

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12 Comments

  • I am so happy there are more anti-bully actions happening now. Bullying has always been around but it will help if parents talk to their child and make sure their kids isn’t the bully.

  • Students who are the targets of repeated bullying behavior can, and often do, experience extreme fear and stress. Its high time for parents to teach their kids about harmful effect of bullying

  • Thanks for sharing this post. Bullying is rampant now and we need to share awareness about this more frequently

  • Bullying is out of control in our society, not just in schools. It’s one of the main reasons families are pulling their kids out of school to homeschool. Thank you for bringing awareness to this subject.

  • Bullying should be stopped and people should know more about the effects it has on any person. It’s something I don’t want any kid to experience and for any parent to be distraught about. It’s important to teach our kids what is right from wrong and to be always kind to other people.

  • Bullying is so awful and it should be stopped. It’s in each parent’s hands to talk to their children and explain to them why they should never be the bullies and how bullying affects other children.

  • Bullying is such a nasty thing for kids. My daughters who are already grown up I know can still feel this kind of bullying, though much subtle.

  • Bullying is so sad as it mars a child for a lifetime. Bullying has become an epidemic which has to be stopped. Children have to be taught to be kind no matter what background race or color they are.Training ambassadors for anti bullying is a step forward to curb bullying.

  • Social media seems to be fueling bullying. It’s so important to teach our kids how to be a good person and treat others right. We also need to teach our kids to speak up about bullying.

  • Oh Helen, I feel for that little 6yrs old that you once were. So very young to understand what is happening. It really is horrible. And I SO relieved to hear that a kind teacher was able to help you. This is SUCH a big issue for kids – it always has been and always will be.. Will be checking out Alex’s work now! Thank you.

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