I am a advocate against bullying, which most people are. The last thing anyone wants to see is kids bullying other children, especially their own. I hear people talk about how it is not fair that kids with disabilities, or are mentally challenged get made fun of, or put down because of their situations. Of course this is not right. I teach my child, just like any other parent should that you never make fun of a person because of the way they might look, act, or because they might be different and not what society thinks is normal.
What happens when these same adults that are so for bullying against children let little sly bullying go towards other adults. It makes me wonder when these same parents that are so against bullying against children condone it when it is against other adults. It amazes me, and makes me wonder how they can justify such actions.
Some people think making little remarks that “others” might not understand is okay, because it is an “inside joke”. Well, what if that inside joke is actually not so inside and others know that they are making fun of someone else. Would it be okay if there was an “inside joke” about a child and it did the same thing? I bet they would not be happy knowing that a child was being made fun of. Right?
As adults, we have more responsibilities when it comes to teaching our children. It is our little actions that our children pick up on. If things are said in conversation, online, or even in a whisper when you think a child is not around that are not for children’s ears…or condone bullying, but not in the normal format…maybe they just shouldn’t be said.
My husband and I are against bullying and making fun of others because of differences for a number of reasons, the main one is because we are raising a biracial child and we would not want him to be judged or talked about, we want him, just like any other child to have an equal chance at anything and everything he does. We do not talk about others negatively, around him or not around him. We try to keep things positive. I also do not have jokes that I think he may not understand to hide the fact that I am talking about someone…because 9 out of 10 times my son is smart and would figure it out anyway. How do we stop the bullying…we just do not do it. Simple.
The way children are raised and how they treat others starts in the home with the parents, and watching a parents actions really shows how a child is going to grow up and act.