BRAVE the Unknown

This morning, my Dear Daughter and her Awesome Speechie Friend (aka, ASF) embarked on a BRAVE new journey.

They have spent the past few weeks creating an anti-bullying program for one of our elementary school classes. Only one, because a certain amount of research is going into this program to help them better understand the impact of teaching methods on behavior modification.

They have researched bullying and the way we learn. They have discussed deeply what they feel is the most beneficial message to spread to youngsters in regards to peer interactions. They put together a presentation and rallied support from teachers and principals.

They are BRAVE. Through their program, they will be Building Relationships Against Violence Everywhere. Their mission statement is clear. Their goals for the year extensive and measurable. They are committed to creating a program for the highest risk demographics for bullying: children in grades 3-6.

They are finalizing their website, which should be online in the next week or so. This site will be a resource for parents, teachers and students to help them build relationships based on respect. When it’s live, I’ll link to it for you.

I’m very proud of DD and her ASF, even as I’m sad as to how this program came about. Bullying is prevalent and damaging. It’s an issue nearly every child has to deal with on some level. It’s often under-addressed or swept under the rug by parents and educators who aren’t quite sure how to deal with certain behaviors.

I can only hope their research will indicate a new model of programming that will help our school district and community get a better grasp on the bullying that has almost become an acceptable and expected part of childhood.

BRAVE the unknown. Take a chance and make a difference.

 How about you, dear readers? How is the bullying in  your community? Does your school have a solid anti-bullying program in place? If so, have you seen a difference? If not, are you interested in starting one?

Curious minds want to know.


5 responses to “BRAVE the Unknown

  1. Wow I think this must be the most awesome thing I have heard in a long time…you must be one proud mama! My little’s are still really young so I haven’t come up against this issue yet, but now I know where to turn when it does. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow I think this must be the most awesome thing I have read in a long time…you must be one proud mama! My little’s are still really young so I haven’t encountered this issue yet, but now I know where to turn if and when it does. Thanks for sharing.

    • I am very proud of her. She’s been through a lot in the last two years with one young lady in particular, and she’s a very compassionate soul. Her research on homosexual bullying for last year’s speech really opened her eyes to the consequences of bullying for both the bully and the bullied. She wants to do an informative speech on her project during her senior year. There wasn’t the right kind of data to satisfy her regarding the difference in how bullying messages are portrayed and their impact on the students, so she decided to research it herself. She also wants to leave a legacy of peace and acceptance behind for her little brothers as they navigate their way through school.

      I have no doubt she will do great things in her life.

  3. Behavior modification techniques as a portion of an anti-bullying program? Sounds like a recipe for success to me!

    I don’t know if there is an anti-bullying program in my area. I don’t know any school aged children, or ones old enough to worry about bullying. I mean, I’m sure it happens at all ages, but that cutting malice that we’ve begun to see in the news seems to happen in the double digits rather than at 5.

    • Thanks for your response, Jennifer. Sadly, there’s a dirtier side to the bullying. It actually peaks in 6th grade, which means it’s been happening for a long time. New bullies are not typically made after middle school. The bullies we see in highschool have a long and varied pattern of bullying kids since their youth–yes, often as young as 5.

      Scarier still is that roughly 65% of persistent bullies end up with a criminal record before they hit 24. It’s a serious problem that few parents and even school staff understand. So, if we don’t stop it young and teach respect for others, then we end up dealing with incarcerations and poorly adjusted adults.

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