Who do we empower first?

Imagine this scenario.

Someone you care about – a son or daughter, a sister or brother, a friend – tells you that someone is posting really nasty things about them on Facebook. Mean pictures maybe, or spreading rumors online. This person goes to school and everyone laughs at them because of the stuff that’s showing up online. They come to you, and they ask for help. What do you say?

What you might say is, “Well, have you told a teacher or a principal about this? They should be able to help you.”

I was told a story today about a high school freshman who is getting bullied online. She did go to her principal. The principal said nothing could be done. It wasn’t criminal.

So who do we help first? Do we help teach everyone what to do to protect him or herself, or do we help to teach parents, principals, teachers, coaches, and scout leaders how to help first? Which is the higher priority?

 

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2 responses to “Who do we empower first?

  1. Great question. I believe that safety is a personal responsibility. So when it comes to children, the first step would to teach and support parents how to empower their children before they start school.

    And the major lessons to be learned are kindness and respect.

  2. Thanks, Kat. I think it’s a real chicken and the egg kind of question. I appreciate your insight!

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