School’s Out For The Summer – But the Bullying Is Likely Still In Session

School’s Out For The Summer – But the Bullying Is Likely Still In Session

It used to be, back in the day, that when school was out for the summer, it was almost a guaranteed 90 day reprieve from your playground or class room bully. That arch nemesis. Not anymore.
Even though not seeing the bully on a daily basis – in the hallway or on the playground – is essentially assured during the summer months, the name-calling and related pain is alive and well through social media.
The painful nicknames still abound – “Brace-Face” or “Four Eyes” or “Fatso” or “Short Stuff” or “Elephant “Ears”. The low-hanging fruit in this high stakes game are still frequently a result of a physical attribute that the child has absolutely no control over. And those quick monikers that are labeled in a matter of seconds, persist and inflict their damage for a lifetime. With the endless availability of social media at kids’ fingertips today via Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc., those bullies who choose to remain persistent in their taunting can do so 24/7. So much for a “summer break.”
The once popular children’s TV show “Arthur” devoted an entire episode to the impact of nicknames. They called it “The Name Game” episode. Kudos to Public Television for dealing with this topic head on.
As little kids, and even adults, we give our power away all too unknowingly, to all kids of damaged people, without the wisdom to give it a second thought. And all of the sudden, we no longer can control that runaway label. And once a bad nickname is out there for all the world to embrace, other people are too quick to make it stick.
School may be out for the summer, but the non-stop bullying is likely still in session.

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