CBC Online is currently highlighting a very important issue in schools: bullying. To get a perspective from teens who have either bullied or been bullied (or been a bystander), CBC set up a video booth in a school in Quebec for one week and allowed teens to talk openly. And openly talked they did. The teens also shared tips on “bullyproofing” themselves.
The videos that are online are full of emotional stories . . . some resolved, some not. Each video tells a personal story of struggle. One girl, Chadia, tells her story of being called “dirty” to the point where she scrubbed herself so hard taking three showers a day that she still has scars.
I couldn’t take it anymore . . . Bullying has to stop. . . I have things I have to deal with every single day. . . We have to find a solution. (Chadia)
It’s often easier to share personal experiences like these if nobody is watching, so the video booth concept worked well. Each teen did consent to have his/her story aired nationally though, and putting a face to the story is certainly very brave. We applaud them.
Every teacher, educator, and parent should check out these videos. Bullying has become a major problem in our schools in this country and we’ll only solve the problem by talking about it.
Does your school have anti-bullying initiatives? Tell us about them!