MYTH: Cyberbullying is just mean kids acting out in social media.
That may be true, but this new media is incredibly powerful and broad in scope. The choice by some adults to minimize their own exposure to social media has served to increase the potential for younger people to be victimized through social networking. While we may not be able to block this particular avenue to bullying, more education directed to parents and community stakeholders can make a positive difference.
MYTH: Kids get their ideas from each other. Bullying is not stimulated by parents and role models.
Our nation’s contentious political arena plays a role. The unchecked intentional injuring of opposing players in professional sports plays a role.
These role models for bullying are all there, in our cultural DNA.
Bullies exist in every part of our society and in order for us to find the appropriate solutions, we must also agree to address this as a social issue in general and not just a concern facing kids in school.
Bobby Kipper and Bud Ramey have co-authored two books and numerous articles on the crisis in youth violence plaguing our culture, addressing “best practices” for making a difference in the gang crisis and bullying epidemic that is impacting an entire generation. Over 4,400 young people committed suicide last year, largely due to the bullying epidemic. Their books, No BULLIES : Solutions for Saving Our Children from Today’s Bully and No COLORS : 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities, offer advocacy for at-risk youth.
Bobby Kipper, Director and Founder of the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence, is a career law enforcement officer with extensive experience in the area of preventing youth and community violence nationwide. His background includes working on a number of key national initiatives with the White House, Congress, and the Department of Justice.
Bud Ramey is the 2010 Public Affairs Silver Anvil Award winner of the Public Relations Society of America—the highest public affairs recognition in the world. His grassroots public affairs and humanitarian successes and advocacy for at-risk youth stretch across three decades.