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I've been a victim of bullying myself in my childhood. It's sad how bullying is getting so nasty now-a-days, and it's even sad that teachers in general are not taking time to educate students about the bad effects of bullying. They only scold the bully and then forget about the whole thing. They don't even care to support the victim emotionally. School should start something like "Anti-Bully Education Programme" which is to promote good friendships and counter the ongoing bullying by properly educating students, especially bullies, about the sufferings of the victims and potential future victims. The bullies should be emotionally put in the victim's shoes so that they will experience bullying as a victim and learn how it feels to be in the other end of the line. This is really the best and probably the only effective way of making an impact.
Cyber-bullying should be included in the programme as well, and the students should be educated to look at the inner personality of a person, rather than his or her outward beauty. It's great to tell an overweight person that he is, and ENCOURAGE him to lose weight by suggesting weight-loss programmes or other ideas. But it's wrong to hurt him by demeaning him, even through the "seemingly harmless" activity of blogging. Students should be educated not to share sensitive information online like passwords, address, handphone number etc.
But the saddest thing is that even after many of the students from Kerala have grown up to be adults and think straight, they still think crooked and continue to bully those younger than themselves. A third year student of Polytechnic who came from Kerala would be average 21 years of age. So mature, yet they are so childish to bully the freshmen (first year students).
I don't know if anybody able to bring what I said to life is going to read this, but if you do, and you decide to start the programme, a big THANK YOU!