Sunday, 24 November 2013

Anti-bullying Week by Susan L.

  Last week our local public broadcasting station, TVO, focused on the nature of bullying. During their children's programming they reached out and initiated a dialogue about it. Children called in with stories, advice on what to do if you're bullied and information about who to turn to.
  Many of our politicians have recognized the damage bullying can do. There have been several teen suicides directly linked to this terrible situation. Anti-bullying legislation has been initiated.
  I change the TV channel. To my dismay it was a broadcast of our House of Commons. It's a horrible display of cat calls, boos, banging tables, shouting to drown out someone who is  speaking, cheers when one of theirs "scores a point" against the opposition...Mob mentality: bullying at its ugliest.
  The best leaders lead by example. "Do as I say, not as I do" isn't good enough. If we want to end bullying, it's got to end at the top! If it isn't a behaviour we want in our children, bully tactics are even less acceptable in us.
  "Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life." Prov 4:23

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