Bullying is wrong at any age, but I find it very disturbing that adults who should know better engage in this practice every day. Whether you engage in this behavior in public, or on the internet, bullying is bullying and not right.
Kids are bullied every day. At school, online. And it is wrong. And can have lasting effects, emotional insecurities that can affect that person for the rest of their life. We need to do more to stop kids who bully other kids.
I am in no way excusing kids who bully other kids, but how can we really get them to understand how wrong it is, if they see adults behave in the same manner?
People don't want their children to be bullied at school or online, yet some themselves engage in this behavior and think it's okay, what because they're an adult? All the more reason they should know better. Freedom of speech does not give you the right to verbally attack someone just because they don't think/ believe or share your opinions or beliefs.
Adults who bully are even worse in my opinion, because it not just reflects badly on you, it may have impact on the way children learn to deal with conflict and someone who doesn't always agree with them.
We as a people are never going to always agree. And that is ok . What is not ok is to think it's acceptable to call other people names, verbally attack them. On this site, I have been called and seen others called bitch, slut, stupid, dumb dumb and much worse. It is one thing to say someone's behavior is stupid, but to call "them" stupid? I've also seen people respond with " just kill yourself". Would you want someone saying that to your child?
There is a respectful way and disrespectful way to get our points, views across. And again, how are we ever going to teach children about respect: respecting other people's rights, differences, and feelings if we don't do this ourselves?
Everybody has a right to their opinions. You have a right to voice your differences. You don't have a right to verbally attack someone for theirs.
If you are going to use a public forum, you should behave the same way you would in actual public. You are still dealing with real people with real feelings.
All bullying is hurtful and unnecessary and doesn't accomplish anything in the end. And it could be damaging to how our children learn to behave and treat people. And please remember:
As always, thank you for reading!
And please keep your comments respectful!