Dear School Family,
I came across a comment by Mark Gregston that I believe is important as parent and teachers, as well as, young people to consider. He says:
Bullies have always been a part of playground politics. Most likely, you remember a few of those tangles out on the playground. Though we will always find a handful of mean-spirited kids in class… bullies of today are using new weapons. The internet, texting, blogs, and Facebook all provide creative new ways to beat up on others verbally… for all to see.
As parents, we need to be aware of the damage inflicted by digital bullies, and step in to stop whenever we can. Go the extra mile to protect your kids. Or if the bully actually lives under your roof take away the tools of the trade! Just because bullies look different doesn’t mean they are any less dangerous.
Cyber-bullying runs rampant in the form of mean Facebook messages, hateful texting, and gossip in the chat rooms. Moms and Dads, be aware of the bullying that happens on online. If you notice evidence of it against your child, or even worse, from your child take immediate action, and save them from the damaging effect of bullying. Parents are not necessarily doing their children a favor by letting them have cell phones and free access to the internet, or allowing them have a Facebook account. We live in a different day and age, and the temptations and distractions have multiplied, but let us remember to pray fervently for our students/children and place them under the mighty hand of God.
A Bible promise we can claim found in Isaiah 49:25 tells us:
… I (God) will contend with him that contends with you, and I will save your children.
Harry Janetzko, APCS Principal
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