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Intergalactic ® International National Community Service Initiative
Kindness - Compassion - Respect
Imagine a girl or boy hitting the snooze button on their clock alarm in the morning. This individual is dreading getting up each morning and heading off to school because they know what is coming……A constant barrage of insults, jokes, rumors, epithet’s etc. This individual feels helpless and just wants to go back to bed and skip school.
This is a common scenario for thousands of girls and boys each day. And it isn’t just happening at school, but also through cyberspace.
This is any bullying that hurts someone’s body or damages their possessions. Stealing, shoving, hitting, fighting, and destroying property all are types of physical bullying. Physical bullying is rarely the first form of bullying that a target will experience. Often bullying will begin in a different form and progress to physical violence. In physical bullying, the main weapon the bully uses is their body.
This is any bullying that is done by speaking. Calling names, spreading rumors, threatening somebody, and making fun of others are all forms of verbal bullying. Verbal bullying is one of the most common types of bullying. In verbal bullying, the main weapon the bully uses is their voice.
This is any bully that is done with the intent to hurt somebody’s reputation or social standing. Social bullying often happens between friends. It can happen in two ways: either by trying to exclude somebody and make them feel unwanted or by gaining somebody’s trust and then breaking it. Social bullying could include spreading a friend’s secret all over the school to damage their reputation or encouraging others to ignore, chastise, or threaten a friend. The movie Mean Girls (2004) shows many examples of this kind of bullying. This type of bullying is most common among girls, but can certainly happen with guys as well. In social bullying, the main weapons the bully uses are relationships.
This is any bullying that happens over any technological device. This includes email, instant messaging, social networking sites (such as Facebook), text messages, and cell phones. Cyberbullying is one of the trickiest forms of bullying because it is so new. Many adults are not familiar with the latest technology, making it difficult for them to know what to look for or how to intervene. The weapon the bully uses in cyber-bullying is technology.
Dating abuse is a type of bullying that can take the form of any type of bullying mentioned of above within the context of a dating relationship. Verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse are all signs of an unhealthy relationship. An abusive relationship can be characterized by any one of those signs or a combination of many.
2015 Statistics from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services show:
20.2% of 9th - 12th-grade students have been BULLIED on SCHOOL PROPERTY
29.9% of students FELT SAD & HOPELESS almost every day for 2 or more weeks.
17.7% of students have seriously CONSIDERED ATTEMPTING SUICIDE
8.6% of students have ATTEMPTED SUICIDE one or more times in the past 12 months.
Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.
There was a recent young female student who attempted suicide and was unfortunately successful in her attempt, due to the bullying she fell victim to.
It is time for a paradigm shift. We all know that bullying and cyber-bullying are prevalent in our society. Now is the time to STOP IT!!!!!!! We need to educate our youth, parents, teachers, and leaders to embrace “Kindness, Compassion, and Respect”
Join our “Kindness, Compassion, and Respect” movement today!!!!
Historically speaking, pageant contestants and pageant royalty have been viewed by the general public as nothing more than beauty queens.
Our State and National Titleholders are more than just beauty queens. They will champion anti-bullying initiatives. They will speak out against bullying and cyber-bullying to facilitate an end to this National Pandemic.
Kindness: We all need to be kinder to each other. We all have challenges in our life, and adding unkindness to someone’s life’s challenges, makes their life harder. It also diminishes you too! Be Kind!!!!!!
Compassion: Show compassion to others by helping them out when they are going through a life battle. Try to reach out and understand that person’s perspective and help them when and where you can.
Respect: Be Respectful to everyone you meet. You can learn valuable life lessons from every person that enters your life. By showing kindness and compassion, you will also be respected.
Individually and Collectively, we can make a difference and End Bullying today!