{Homegrown Kids} To This Day Anti-Bullying Video featuring Shane Koyczan

I shared this animated, spoken-word video on Sulia earlier–and gave some background on where it came from in my post, but it merits a share here.

It’s that good.

And I’m thrilled to see that it’s going viral this week.

It should.

We definitely need to build awareness and deepen understanding.

If you don’t believe me, please see the links below. (I’ve pulled out some remarks from each story that I think are relevant in light of this video.)

  • RW&G: Nipping Mean Girls Behavior in the Bud: The methods of covert bullying are usually picked up by kids from peers and older kids who model it. The behaviors are not exclusive to schoolyard settings, and can occur in neighborhoods, church groups, and even homeschool playgroups–pretty much any place where children gather. Any child is a potential victim, but kids who are “different” in some discernible way are most apt to be singled out. This includes kids with disabilities, food allergies, and social skills challenges as well as gifted/2e children.
  • Destabilizing the Bully Power Structure by Seth Godin: Bullying persists when bureaucracies and hierarchies permit it to continue. It’s easier to keep order in an environment where bullying can thrive (and vice versa), because the very things that permit a few to control the rest also permit bullies to do their work. The bully uses the organization’s desire for conformity to his own ends.
  • New Study Links Childhood Bullying to Adult Psychological Disorders, Surprising Even the Study’s Authors (Slate): “Consider me a reluctant convert, but I’m starting to view bullying the same way I do abuse in the home,” he said. “I honestly think the effects we’re observing here are just as potent. And that’s definitely not the way American researchers look at things. They want to know all about what parents are doing at home. Peers aren’t considered a priority. But these days, with all the time they spend on the Internet, kids are spending even more time with their peers, and that’s a factor we need to pay more attention to.”
  • Effects of Bullying Last Into Adulthood, Study Finds (New York Times blog): Victims of bullying at school, and bullies themselves, are more likely to experience psychiatric problems in childhood, studies have shown. Now researchers have found that elevated risk of psychiatric trouble extends into adulthood, sometimes even a decade after the intimidation has ended.

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