Making changes about your appearance won’t solve any bullying problem.
London, UK (PRWEB) December 15, 2014
With red haired people thought to be an obvious minority worldwide, the world is now only beginning to take note of the bullying of redheads or ginger haired people. NoBullying attempts to understand the phenomena of bullying redheads in an article released today.
According to this article, published by the BBC in August 2014, Shows such as South Park have triggered a significant increase in bullying against people with red hair. In one of their episodes they created a holiday called “Kick a Ginger Day”. This was essentially a holiday where physical abuse against red heads was tolerated because redheads “have no soul”. Even though most adults can look at this and understand that this is simply comedy meant to poke fun at the ridiculous thought process behind bullying, it has actually started to turn this into a real issue as many younger viewers did not understand this and went on to bully their red haired classmates.
The source article also alludes to the ongoing estimation that almost half of all women with red hair will face bullying or discrimination at some point in their life due to their red hair, ginger haired women tend to face sexual innuendo or insulting derogatory statements about their red hair.
The best way for schools to handle bullying behavior is to confront it head on. By getting everyone involved in taking a stand against bullying and shaming, schools have a better chance of minimizing this abusive behavior on their campus. As adults, teachers, parents and school staff need to lead the way in demonstrating an acceptance of all students in their classrooms, regardless of differences in appearance, race, nationality or physical and mental abilities. Even friendly teasing of students with red hair needs to stop. Teachers who tease their students pave the way for bullies to pick up where they leave off. By treating all children the same, teachers send the signal that everyone is accepted for who they are.
Students can do their part to stop redhead bullying by befriending redheaded students and making them feel welcomed in class and social activities. All students need to feel like they belong. By accepting redheads into their circle of friends and standing up against abusive behavior, students can help break the bullying cycle. Less bullying makes for a more inspiring school environment that’s conducive to learning.
Ciaran Connolly, Co Founder of NoBullying says “We hear from parents of bullied red haired children that it seems logical to get the children to change their hair color to avoid bullying, making changes about your appearance won’t solve any bullying problem.”
He elaborates “ Bullies use physical appearance as an excuse to bully others, if the victim changes a physical aspect the bully will find something else to use as a reason for bullying, it is an ongoing circle of aggression that can only be broken with kindness, education and strict anti bullying policies.”
He added that parents and teachers should make a point to educate the younger generations about the sad outcome of neglecting online safety and photos safety. According to Connolly, it is quite imperative to press for more firm laws condemning all acts of bullying and harassment.
NoBullying.com features many pages dedicated to parents, teens, teachers, health professionals as well as posts related to cyber safety and the latest news about law making concerning curbing Bullying worldwide as well as inspirational Bullying Poems and famous Bullying Quotes.
The website regularly updates its bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics as it is essential to understand how widespread the bullying epidemic is. It also regularly runs cyber bullying surveys and questionnaires to get recent updated statistics on everything related to cyberbullying.
He also added that anyone suffering from bullying in any form or way can always find advice and help on the NoBullying website – but if anyone is suffering from severe bullying or cyber bullying, the best thing is to talk to someone locally – a parent, teacher or local organization that has been set up to help with specialized councilors to deal with this topic.