It’s ok to verbally attack at school because they can get away with it via a screen; so think the same will happen in the real world.
Last week, we spent over 5 hours in A&E with psychiatrists, doctors and nurses, because our girl ‘had a plan to commit suicide’. On Tuesday, I am in court applying for a VRO against a 12-year-old to keep her (the bully) away from our beautiful girl — all because parents don’t accept responsibility for their children and schools can only do so much.
The school has a safety plan for the bullied child, our daughter. And the bully? She only loses recess and lunch privileges. This is infant school punishment!
Please, in this awful age of social media (or anti social media as we call it) check your children’s messages. Their devices are a privilege, nothing more, nothing less, so please make sure they are being polite and respectful in their messages. Teach the children to ‘talk’ not use text or social media to air their differences.
Bullying affects the whole family, not just the bullied. It needs to stop and it needs to stop now! Please feel free to share.”
It would certainly appear that the parents of the bullies, in this case, have “not my child” syndrome as described by Mallory Grossman’s mom, Dianne. Parents refuse to blame their children for cruel behavior or assign themselves any responsibility for keeping said behavior in check. Or, it must be said, for providing their kids with access to devices and social media accounts that magnify the destruction.
The video Davey describes taken of her daughter while she was innocently sitting at her desk at school is an excellent example. That NEVER could have happened without a smartphone and a social media account, and it is incredibly cruel. We can teach our kids to be resilient all day long but the human psyche — especially an immature tween one — can only take so much.
Parents, once again, I am BEGGING you. Put yourselves in this mom’s shoes. Summon some empathy, and teach your kids the same. And please, please, please hold them accountable when they screw up. That and NOT giving them early access to smartphones and social can SAVE LIVES. I 100 percent believe it.