Archive for February, 2011

Female Tweens And Their Encounters With Bullying

February 18, 2011

Hello everyone.   It’s Detroit’s favorite young adult author and  middle school  teacher Adra  Young.   Every afternoon, I have the privilege of educating 33 awesome amazing young females ranging from the ages of 11-12.    Each one of them is beautiful and unique in their own special kind of way.  Just  to simply  have the opportunity to work with this awesome group of girls on the daily basis brings my heart much joy.  Which  is why the information I am about to share with you all is truly heart breaking.

Curious to know if any of  my girls had ever been victims of  bullying,  I posed the question to the entire class.   The number of hands that went up  indicating yes sent a chill through my spine.   Out of the 33 girls, 23 of my young ladies raised their hands.  Ninety percent of girls in my class have already been victims of bullying in some type of  form or fashion before the age of 13.  Disheartened by the results, I asked the young ladies to state and or explain the specific situation or experience they had  had with  bullying.   Some young ladies stated that they were teased and made to  feel bad about themselves due to their weight.  Others mention their crooked teeth.  Several stated that they were  made fun of due to their darker complexion.   Already at such a young age, some of the girls had found theirselves in situations where they were so afraid and intimidated by their bully that they were  forced to give up  personal belongings simply due to fear and being afraid for their personal safety.

I am only one teacher in America. Only 10% of my young ladies were fortunate enough to had not experienced an encounter with a bully.  Just imagine what the numbers or percentages of bullying for females under the age of 13 are nationwide?   Unfortunately in today’s time bullying appears to be increasing .  Remember as adults rather you are teachers or not, there are simple steps you can take to assist.  In my  last blog, I mentioned that I emphasized the importance of my class room being a “Bully Free Zone.”  The simple step I took this week was just simply asking?  Parents remember to ask your daughters if they are being threatened by other students, strangers, or relatives. This simple  step is very important because that young lady may be afraid to open up about the issue or matter.

Adra Young

Author of:  The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues Series

www.ardannyl.me

The release of  “The MisFits” coming in Fall of 2011

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Bullying And It’s Impact On Today’s Youth

February 7, 2011

Hello everyone. I know it’s been a minute however Happy New Year  and Valentines day in advance!  Promoting my book series at the Detroit Historical Museum this past Saturday, I asked one of  the following young ladies parents to provide contact information.   Always looking for feedback from my readers and fans, I explained to her that I was currently working on my third book titled “The MisFits”, which is  my very first fictional book.

Curious to know more about it, I explained to the young  ladies parent that this book would be based upon youngsters who did not fit in and as a result of not fitting in became victims of bullying.   Sadly the young ladies mom stated to me that her daughter was also a victim.  Thankfully, the young lady had the courage to tell her mom. Her mother took the right steps and reported the occurrences to the school administration.

The question I present is this, what about today’s youth who suffers from bullying on the regular basis but  unfortunately has no one to turn to?  These are the kids who are teased and tormented daily.    Sadly as a result of this, the level and rates of today’s youth killing themselves are at and all time high.

There are so many simple things and steps that individuals can take and assist with this growing epidemic.  For example in the beginning of the school year, I informed my class that our learning environment was a “Bully Free Zone” and explained in details what that meant.  In addition, I informed all of my students that they are entitled to an education and have the right to attend school without being afraid.  Lets all make a conscious effort to take a stand against bullying.

 

Adra Young

Author of: The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues Series

http://www.ardannyl.me

“The Misfits” coming in November 2011