Neato! Anti-Bullying App to Help Parents Talk with Their Kids!

August 15, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Gosh, they think of everything, don't they?

Gosh, they think of everything, don’t they?

In what may be the most asinine app ever developed, we now have SAMHSA’s “KnowBullying” app for iPhones and some Android phones. I say asinine because it forces me to ask the question, have we fallen down so far in society that parents don’t even know how to talk to their kids anymore about a subject like bullying? Apparently.

When I was growing up, bullying was a naturally occurring event in the lives of most kids. It was almost a rite of passage. I’m not saying it was good, but it did create the pecking order. The animal kingdom has something very similar to it. Leftists believe that we can “train” it out of kids. Being bullied was kind of like falling down and bruising yourself. Does it make you stronger or does it create a general limpness within?

But let’s also face it, too many kids live their lives through their electronic devices these days, don’t they? It has created a virtual world in which they completely bypass the actual world that is going on right around them. People don’t even really talk face to face anymore. It’s all text language bits and pieces here and there. The art of actual discussion has been dying for some time now. This wasn’t the way it was when I was growing up at all. We talked to our parents and they talked to us.

SAMHSA stands for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and comes to us via the Federal Government of the United States. The About Us segment of their website states,

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

On one hand of course, anything that can help young people overcome the abuse they often receive (at any level) is a good thing. The problem though is that the real root of the problem is never dealt with at all.

People bully other people because of the sin nature, pure and simple. All people are sinners and because of that, we all do things that impugn others by attempting to assassinate their character or denigrate them. It has to do with pride in each of us and depending upon the individual, some have a greater problem with pride than others.

When I was a very young kid and was bullied (I was always the smallest kid in class and a magnet for bullies), my parents never had a problem talking with those who bullied me. It usually corrected the problem.

In fact, over the years, I learned how to get out from under potential bullying situations that came from taller, stronger kids. I rarely fought others with fists. I used my noggin to help me out when situations developed.

The “KnowBullying” app covers the following areas:

  • Conversation Starters: Start easy, meaningful conversations with your children.
  • Tips: Learn strategies to prevent bullying for ages 3—6, 7—13, and teens.
  • Warning Signs: Recognize if your child is engaging in bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying.
  • Reminders: Talk with your child when the time feels right: a quiet moment on the way to school or a game, during dinner, or relaxing outside.
  • Social Media: Share successful strategies and useful advice via Facebook, Twitter, email, and text messages.
  • Section for Educators: Prevent bullying in the classroom and support children who are being bullied.

The blurb ends with this statement: “Put the power to prevent bullying in your hand.”

I can appreciate the effort, but I cannot see kids using it. When a person is bullied, fear tends to take over, replacing any logical thinking. Going through various scenarios in your head or even acting them out with Mom or Dad probably isn’t going to help much.

First of all, it’s impossible to prevent bullying. It happens and guess what? Bullying can and does happen throughout a person’s life. It can happen at work by a supervisor who thinks she’s all that and likes to lord it over her minions. It can happen when a police officer pulls you over and is so hopped up on testosterone that it can be seen oozing out of his pores.

Bullying doesn’t stop magically at a particular age. It will continue if allowed throughout a person’s life. Sometimes, it’s simply best to stand up to the bully because many bullies respect nothing except a show of force. I’m not saying that the force has to be physical. I’m saying that there needs to be some type of noticeable standing against via posture, words, demeanor, or physical confrontation (if it comes to that).

But you see, in schools today, educators like to pretend that we can train kids to not be bullies. We can train kids to get along. No, the only thing we can do is train a child how to lie better, to pretend he/she is cured of bullying, but they’ll still find a way to do their bullying then deny it.

The short video clip for “KnowBullying” talks about cyber-bullying, bullying that’s done via text or over the Internet. It’s really not that different from my day except for the fact that we didn’t live in virtual worlds then as kids too often do today.

Beyond this, have you noticed that too many people have a “I’m a victim!” mentality? They wear it on their sleeve and use it as a way to get as much attention as possible. It’s like the two-year-old brat who creates a tornado in the home because they think they need so much attention and the parents are turning themselves into knots in an effort to feed that perceived need in the child. End result is a very spoiled child who learns to believe they are the center of the world. When they’re bullied (and they will be or they will become the bully), they will at some point have a rude awakening.

Too many educators run under the mistaken belief that if they enforce a zero policy, then all kids will learn to get along and problems will disappear. While I agree that physical fighting on school grounds should not be tolerated, the idea that bullying will stop just won’t happen. It’s a pipe dream because there are so many ways for kids to bully each other without even laying a hand on the other person.

Again though, this particular app has been created to help parents know how to talk with their kids about the subject of bullying. Frankly, it seems to me that more parents when I was younger had a far better handle on the situation than parents do today. Why is that? It’s because parents are far more involved in their children’s lives then as opposed to now.

Thanks to “progressive” dogmatism forced on society from the left, we’ve been continually moving away from the Bible, prayer, the Ten Commandments, and all the ramifications that go with it. All of this has been replaced with the religion of humanism, which elevates humanity and substitutes God’s absolute truths for man’s emotional virtue, part of the overall political correctness that defines society today.

As long as that continues, people are not only not going to get better, but there will be more bullies and society will worsen. It’s really that simple.

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