Like a hazy picture conjured up by a frightened mind, the vividness of the episode is something I will never forget; Me, lean and small, frightfully inadequate to face him. Him, large, and tall, the menacing look of a 4-year old sending shivers down my spine. And yet, I had to face him, confront him for a reason I cannot now clearly remember. All I can remember though, is me pummelling this big little giant till I actually bled, surrounded by my little friends cheering me on, but satisfied at seeing that he didn’t get away from calling me names and using his frame to scare me down.
It wasn’t until many years later, that what I had experienced when I was little, (a memory so vivid that I still wonder from where I got my guts), was actually ‘Bullying’. I don’t remember what triggered it, what angered the boy enough to become a threat to me! What I do remember however, is the fear that I’d experience every morning when school hour drew near, of hiding and looking inconspicuous everytime I saw him and behaving invisible whenever he appeared.
There are cases of bullying that have deep psych-social impact, affecting the child’s ability to communicate, socialize and make friends, in turn leading to withdrawal disorders, depression and self-imposed exile.
My conversation with people over several years has revealed some fascinating facts on bullying:
Although Bullying is inevitable and an essential part of growing up and coping with the world, kids need to be taught how to handle it, and we as parents need to know how to provide the right support and lessen the lasting impact.
– Charmaine Kenita Rathish
About the Author: Charmaine Kenita Rathish is a Creative Writer, Blogger and Social Media expert who runs www.outoboxcontent.in. She shares her opinion on topics as diverse as Food, Fashion, Education and Children’s Health through blogs and other web content. An artist, waste recycler, singer and avid reader. Parenting, she says, has made her slow down, broaden her view, helping her see and understand life and its experiences through her little one’s eyes.
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