Helloooo Tribelet! Welcome back to After School Wednesday where we're taking a stand on bullying and learning how to stop it. If you're just joining us, be sure to click just to the right of this post where it says SO NOT OKAY so you can find out more. Then let us know you're here. ANNELIE, I apologize for not giving you a shout out when you joined, and thanks for alerting me.
Looks like things began to turn around this week, huh? LARISSA, ANNELIE, HADASSAH, and MAGGIE all tried out their one-liners AND talked about the four ways to keep speakingup from being so hard, so mini-women, you each get a free copy of YOU CAN'T SIT WITH US when it comes out in Decemeber. It's not too late for everybody else. Just go to last week's post and find out what to do.
HADASSAH said something in her comment that I want us to stop and take a look at because I think it's a part of the bullying scene that a lot of us deal with. Here's what she shared with us:
"Miss Nancy, is there such a thing as bullying without thinking? If so, in Religious Studies at school, I am the only Christian and almost everyone is carelessly saying things that hurt me."
Does that sound familiar? Are you in situations where people say and do things that upset you, make you feel like a loser, hurt your feelings, and you're sure they don't even realize they're doing it? If so, tell us about that.
The definition of bullying says that it's "deliberate" , which means it's on purpose. But in cases like Hadassah is talking about, even though it's sort of "by accident", the people involved really shouldn't be, as she put it, so CARELESS with their words.
And if they're told or asked even once to stop it and they don't -- that's bullying. It might seem like a milder form, but it still stings. You don't have to go to the emergency room when you just stub your toe, but for that moment it hurts like it's been run over by a truck, right? This is like that.
So let's get some examples from you this week before we talk about it next time -- AND you can also tell us what you've done about it in the past. Did it work? OR did it make things worse?
Can't wait to hear from you!!!!