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Listen to Kids - React to Australian Bullying Video

By Yvette Vignando - 2nd November 2011

Earlier this year, very disturbing video was shown of a boy being bullied in an Australian school - the boy fought back - and the video was shown all around the world. In a new and powerful video, children in the United States talk about their reactions to this video, how they feel about bullying, what they think adults should do about it. The end of the video sent shivers down my spine - listening to what these children would say to a bully if they could.

A few things stood out for me in this video:

  • Devastating: One of the children was asked what kids usually do if they see someone being bullied - her answer was "pull out their phones and start recording"
  • Confronting: One of the children was asked about cyberbullying and he said it was like "a virus spreading around the world"
  • Listen Up Parents: The children were asked what parents should be doing about it. A couple of the children pretty much said parents are not effective - "parents should be making their children get off Facebook and stop sending texts around" and "the adults are downstairs cooking dinner - they don't find out about it"
  • Ineffective: One of the children said that teachers often say to parents that they will "keep an eye on" the bully - that child said this is pointless: "they don't have an extra eye" - in other words general supervision does not make victims of bullies feel safer.
  • Confusing: The different reactions of the children in this video to whether the Australian bullying victim should have 'hit back' or not tells adults a lot I think - children are confused just like us - they don't know when and how they should defend themselves (emotionally or physically). They are looking to adults to lead the way - they are looking for consistency, feeling safe, and they depend on schools to have policies that protect them and teach them about how to behave around a bully.

You may also be interested in this video which went to air on Channel 7 the same day that the Australian school bullying video came to the attention of the media - it includes reference to that breaking news: Parents- What to Do if Your Child is the Bully

and this fact sheet I prepared for the Channel 7 The Morning Show Website - What if Your Child is the Bully?

I think this video should be watched by parents - and we should all think about how much supervision we are really doing of our children, what sorts of conversations we are having ...

 

What are your reactions to this video?

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