Time flies by and I am sure you have noticed that you are approaching the end of your summer holiday. As you start packing for school, are you excited to be heading back? Are you looking forward to hanging out with friends and engaging in some interesting learning in school? Back to school is a joyous time and I hope you are getting ready for it. Unfortunately, there are some children who do not enjoy the beginning of the new school year! And it’s not because they do not like to learn but rather there is something they have to face in their school that keeps them afraid of it. It is about violence in school and I’m not talking just about physical violence, but also psychological violence!
Have you ever been the subject of ridicule where people give you nicknames that you do not like? Or does everyone try to push you out of the way when you walk by the hallways? Or worse, you have nowhere to sit during lunch and no one to play with in the playground. We wish schools were a happy and friendly place like Panfu, but unfortunately mean things can happen sometimes in schools. It is sadly becoming quite common to pick on people that look a little different or come from a different place. Or sometimes you just get picked on for no apparent reason! But do not feel like you are alone or that there is no way out of it. Do you know that even famous people like Miley Cyrus went through bullying in school? You can read about how she copes with it and now she is an international superstar!
Now, I want to give some practical advice about what to do when you feel like you are being bullied. First thing to remember is do not be afraid to talk about this problem with your parents, teacher or friends. Also, you can learn to stand up for yourself and be brave. Understand that it is okay to be different and that you are a cool person no matter what others say or do. Look to those for help that show kindness and find comfort in them. There are so many ways to fight against bullying and I would love to hear how you have dealt with it since I know you are all very brave and smart.
If you are reading this and have been the person that was mean to someone, think again before you do it. What you think might just be a silly joke can hurt someone’s feeling very deeply. There are sad cases where kids simply cannot take the bullying anymore and stopped going to school. It saddens me very much when I think about little pandas not able to learn in school because of other kids’ mean behaviors.
Even if you are not the person that is being mean but you have seen others doing it, please try to help the person that is being bullied. A little helping hand or a few kind words can really go a long way. It shows great character on your part as it means you are a person of great compassion. So Pass it On!
I want you to all remember that we are all equally valuable: it does not matter whether you are fat or thin, rich or poor, with glasses, speak with an accent, dress differently or have braces………. Do not forget that the world is so wonderful because it is rich in diversity! The diversity is what makes each of us unique and one of a kind. We all have some hidden talents, small or large and the best talent of all is a kind heart.
Remember “Treat others as you would like to be treated”
Love & Peace