You know that first minute when you’re looking at your newborn bleary eyed and vow that nobody will dare mess with your child, because then they’ll have to mess with you?
Then you send your daughter to school. With strangers. Adults and children you don’t know, and you hope and pray they’ll take care of your child like the treasure he is.
One day, your little one comes home with a teary face. “Someone hurt me.”
Like my daughter did. “Mommy, Gina hit me.”
According to a national survey commissioned by Care.com, bullying and cyberbullying have eclipsed kidnapping as parents’ greatest fear.
Is there any wonder why? Just take a look at some of the stats. 1 in 4 children are bullied each month in the USA. Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. 160,000 kids miss school each day from fear of bullying. 1 in 10 children drops out of school due to bullying. Nearly one in three parents of children ages 12-17 agree that bullying is a more serious concern than other dangers, including domestic terrorism, car accidents, and suicide.
The only way we can change this is if we get involved. If you, and I and all of us take action, we can stop the bullying.
“I’m not in Congress, I don’t set school policy. Heck, I’m not even a teacher. I’m a worried parent who wants my child to grow up safe and strong. How do we do that?” you ask?
Here’s what to focus on: