The Amanda Todd Tragedy has touched the hearts of millions, just the fact that a mere 15-year old child could be tormented enough by her own peers to take her own life is enough to make any parent sick to their stomach. Thestar.com ran a feature on what can be done to stop cyberbullying, or any bullying really, in: “Amanda Todd Suicide: Tips to Handle Bullying from A Kids Help Phone Expert.”
The fact remains that if your child doesn’t tell you they are being bullied there is little you can do. Many kids keep these things to themselves because they are scared that they won’t be believed or the bullying will just get worse. All of the commercials and youth programs in the world will not stop bullying if people who are in charge don’t truly listen.
Don’t just assume that the problem lies with your kid or that this is a “problem student,” the only way to stop bullying is to band together against it, and above all else listen, watch, and learn from your child. Watch to see if they act scared or depressed for no apparent reason. Listen to what your children are saying and read between the lines if you have to, and above all learn from other peoples mistakes. Tragedies like Amanda Todd can be avoided if someone just takes the time to care.