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Anti-Bullying Awareness Day!

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Happy Anti-Bullying Awareness Day!

We know that this was actually yesterday but we shouldn’t restrict ourselves because of that. Although many of us here at Lynbrook don’t think about bullying, as we don’t encounter it very often, it’s still a huge dilemma in many schools across the country. It’s important for us to recognize that bullying does not only mean physical harassment.

A general definition of bullying would be forcing people to do things they are not willing to. We know that there is immense peer pressure that exists at our campus. Although it may not stand out as bullying, whenever we judge what others wear or do or force our friends to join a club with us, that is in fact bullying. A great way to fight against this is to change our everyday behavior in very minor actions.

Instead of telling someone their outfit sucks, don’t comment anything if you don’t like it. Everyone has their own style and taste. Instead of forcing your friend to accompany you to a club meeting, ask them if they would like to join. Give them a chance to decide, don’t be the one taking decisions on their behalf. Little changes like these can help make a big difference if everyone follows through!

One pressure I feel at school is with grades. Whenever I get a quiz or test back, most of my friends come to me to compare grades. Sometimes, I don’t do as well as I had hoped and I prefer not to share my grades, but the atmosphere of the class makes it really hard not to. People peak over my shoulder and try to glance at my paper. At this point, I kind of give up and share my grades, but not whole-heartedly. I am sure people don’t realize that they are doing this and it sometimes hurts others, but it’s about time everyone does. It’s time to speak out and express our true feelings about these pressures!

Peer pressure is a very subtle form of bullying and sometimes very hard for us to even tell that we are pressuring someone. The best way to stop ourselves from peer pressuring is to put ourselves in the other person’s show. Always remember one thing, “Be sure to taste your words before you spit them.” – BullyVille.com

-Love Panda

“Never judge someone without knowing the whole story. You may think you understand, but you don’t.”

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“Never judge someone without knowing the whole story. You may think you understand, but you don’t.” -Anonymous

You don’t know me and I don’t know you. That is the unfortunate truth. And as much as I would love to get to know each and every one of you (I really would!!), we will never truly know a person’s full story. Even if we do, we may not know the whole thing. Not only is it important to respect a person’s privacy, but we should not judge them if they decide not to share their story.

For me, these cases have never truly hit home. I do, however, know people who chose to judge others based on appearances or what they first believe. It’s not that they want to be mean or insulting to someone, it just comes out of their mouth, sometimes on accident. Situations like those make me uncomfortable. I know the importance of seeing the good in people, and I always try my best to do that. I give people second or third chances because everyone deserves that. We don’t know a person’s full story, so it isn’t fair that we judge them on what little we do know.

In those cases where we do know what is going on, it still is important not to judge. Someone may be going through a rough time, and the last thing he or she needs are judgmental stares. My friends always know when I’m having a bad day. They may not ask me why, but they do not judge me because of how I behave around them. Instead they give me a warm hug, which is definitely something that is always needed in a person’s life. (Besides, who doesn’t like a hug from their friends?). We should be there for others as a kind friend, not as a judgmental peer.

Reflection

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Challenge Recap and Story

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What did you do this week to fill someone with hope?

I, personally, really enjoy being kind and seeing people smile because of something that I did. It makes me realize how powerful I and everyone can be to make someone happy just by doing something small. It also makes me happy to see others happy because of me. I’ve found that kindness is universal: if you do something nice for someone, it will certainly make them happy, and they will return the favor.

Challenge: Perform an act of kindness

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This week, we challenge you to perform a random act of kindness for someone. This could be your parents, siblings, friends, or just a stranger on the street! Hold on to your story and share it on our Recap post on Saturday! 🙂