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It is always sad when a child dies, even more so when it could be prevented.  All death is sad, true.  But death before you really have a chance to live is so much more so.  So when a beautiful thirteen year old girl commits suicide, we want to know why.

I wont draw more attention to the story that led me to post this, families deserve to grieve in peace.  However, one thing the girls father said struck me, “In today’s society, he said, it wasn’t possible for his daughter to escape bullying. She’d go home on weekends, and the bullying would continue on Facebook.”

The quotation is straight out of the paper that reported this.

It struck me because the bullying can be escaped, and people, escpecially parents, need to know how to do this.

This article is written for parents, but can be adapted to any situation.  This is a step by step guide to stop your child from being bullied, so we will start at step one.

1. The first step in stopping bullying is knowing that it happens.  Ask your child about their day and listen to what they say.  They will probably say “Good,” and refuse to elaborate.  Don’t bother to press them, you arent likely to get a truthful response.  If they want to tell you all about their day, Great!  If not, get creative.

If you suspect your child is having trouble, making a quick call to their teachers can tell you a lot.  A good way to be clued into cyber bullying is to get an account of whatever social site your kids has, and make certain they friend you.  If you are their facebook friend, you will be able to see their pictures and their wall, so you will have a better idea what is going on online.

Keep an eye out for the usual warning signs.  Depressed mood, sliping grades, etc.  The biggest key is to not be overbearing, but at the same time to be observant.

2. When you know your kid is being bullied, take action.  First thing you want to do is try to encourage your kid.  The easiest way to make bullies powerless is to imbue your kid with self-esteem.  Let them know they are doing well, compliment them on how they look, on what they are doing, etc.

If you found out that they are being bullied without them telling you, dont tell them.  They will likely not want interference from you on the issue and probably wont believe anything you say.  Make sure you dont shower them with nicities either, they will notice and disregard you as weird.

Since your kids might not take what you say at value anyway, convince a relative to help.  Cousins are a good choice, approach them and let them know that a kind word here and there can help a lot.

Remember, the best way to beat bullying is to ignore it.  If it can be beat with self-esteem, that is the way to go.  Your child will feel even better for it.

3.  Except that doesnt always work.  Some bullys are either too clever with how they hurt people, or simply to viscous, or perhaps your child is just to depressed to resist.  No matter the case, this problem has gone beyond self-esteem issues.

Some would suggest running to the schools at this point, but there is an easier way of handling this.  Talk to the parents of the bullyers.  A personal talk with the bullies parents can do more for you than a meeting with the teachers.  Parents have more power over their kids lives, and (almost) no parent wants a bully for a child.

Once they realize they can get in trouble at home for what they do at school, you will have less trouble.

As for cyberbullying, this is when you ask your child to unfriend and stop contacting the bullies.  I say ask because you want them to do it themselves.  If they dont, well, it is time for step 4.

4.  The thing is, however, that some people dont care if their kid bullies others.  Or, it could be that it is all online, and you cant have a chat with the parents.

If you are dealing with people you can meet in person, now is when you go to the school.  With the recent incidents of suicide and violence, schools generally have zero-tolerance polcies in regards to bullying.  Make it clear that you expect them to be enforced.  Generally, you wont have to make a point of it.  Teachers and staff are usually more than happy to comply, and suspension is a message that should get through to the offenders.

If you are faced with a school that is less than helpful, remember that the principle is not the final authority.  Go above their heads and remember that school districts want nothing to do with scandals or problems.  If that doesnt work, step 5 is for you.

In regards to cyberbullying, this is when you pull the plug.  There is no step 5 for cyberbullying, because it should never go that far.  This is when your kid unfriends the bullys or you cut them off.  If they are not willing to block the bullies themselves, use parental controls.

Parental controls dont always work against computer savvy people, which your child likely is.  So you may have to do something more drastic.  If you happen to be computer savvy yourself, go the extra mile and modify your computers HOSTS file.  That is something generally out of most kids computer expertise.  Be sure to remember to block both the www. address and the one with out the www. because they have different IP addresses.

If you dont know how, or are uncomfortable with something so drastic.  The easiest way is to pull out the cable from your internet router.  No internet means no internet bullying.  If your kids need to do homework, reconnect it for a time.  But keep watch to make sure they arent going to facebook and other sites.

And when I say keep watch, I mean randomly take the computer from them and check every window and their history to make sure they arent pulling a fast one on you.  Be wary of “projects” that seem to take forever, and remember you can always ask the teachers if it exists.

5.  OK.  This is it.  By this point you have tried to encourage your child, talk to the bullies parents, talk to the teachers, and even go above them and talk to the districts.  You have tried almost everything you can do.  But not everything.

This is the final, most drastic way to stop bullying, and it will do it.

You see, many forms of bullying are not just amoral, but illegal.  Threats against your child are assualt, and you can have them arrested for it.  If (physical people) are using facebook and other networks to slander your child, you can make a case that it will interfere with their abillity to get a job in the future and get into college.  Because it will.  Businesses and colleges will check these things, and if they see things they dont like, it can really hurt.

Talking to the police is the final straw, a last resort, and not something to be taken lightly.  Make sure you have exhausted all other options before you do this.

6. While number 5 is really the last option for stopping bullying, if nothing else works, there is one more option:  Leave.  Change classes, change schools, change cities, just get your kid out from that enviorment.  Obviously, you shouldnt have to give into bullying, but being an adult means making some touch choices, and that might meen uprooting everything.

I hope this helps people out there.  Remember, you never need to give into bullies.

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This is actually a really funny article to write.  Why?  Becuase there is only one way not to be fat, exercise.   If I cut out certain parts of my diet, I wont be able to complete that requirement. 

Actually, it doesnt matter how much you eat, or what you eat, so long as your exercise spends more energy than you intake.  However, simply cutting things out of your diet can have negative affects.  Take sugar for example.  Glucose is important in the production of the ATP molecule, which is the energy your body uses to function.  ATP is produced in bulk through the kreb cycle, but without glucose it cannot be produced.  Your cells mitochondria take a single glucose molecule and through a rather complex cycle produces 32 ATP molecules.

So, if I dont have glucose, I dont have energy, and if I dont have energy, I cant exercise.  Further, fat is more efectivly worked off by exercise than by dieting.  Fatty molecules, or lipids, are much more complex than simple sugars such as glucose.  Therefore, it takes more activation energy to break the molecules down to produce energy. 

Cutting out fat can be bad too.  Your organs need fat to cushion them, and lipids are part of our cells membrame.  You want to have more HDL’s (high density lipoproteins) and less LDL’s (low density lipoproteins).  LDL’s are the fats the build up in your arterties sometimes leading to heart attacks, strokes and the like.  If you want it to sound more scientific I can say, High levels of low density lipoproteins can lead to an increase in a subjects chance of experienceing myocardial infarction.

Next on my list of ways not to kill yourself, bulemia.  Simply put, throwing up is very bad.  Why is it bad?  Imagine your stomach and your throat, we’ve all seen commercials showcasing them.  Your stomach is a bag of acid, and acid is bad.  So if that acid comes up your throat, the H+ molecules in the acid will corode your throat.  Some symptoms are heartburn, bad teath, death, and bad breath. notice that you can live with three out four of those, but death is hard to live with.  That acid can burn through your throat, leaving you susceptiable to infection or poisoning.

Anorexia, you have to eat people!  Dont think you wont die, ’cause you so will!  And if you dont die you will be ugly as crap, and your brain will be starved, and you will be weak.  So why even bother?  You are better fat than anorexic!

Tapeworm.  Do i need to elaborate?  I will even if I dont have to.  Let me put it this way, tapeworms can end up in odd places.  First, they can have thousands of offspring and grow to over ten feet in length.  Also, the eggs of those offspring are very, very small.  Those eggs can get into the blood stream and end up, wherever.  Yes, that includes the brain.

Look its simple to lose wait, give up on “diets”  eat well and hearty!  And stop looking at internet blogs, get off your ass and go for a jog!

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