Female Tweens And Their Encounters With Bullying

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


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


2 Responses to “Female Tweens And Their Encounters With Bullying”

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  2. Marc A. Medley Says:

    Bullying has become pervasive and I am not quite sure if it is a self fulfilling prophecy because we are talking about it so much or if it has always been around. Either way, it is a sad state of affairs when anyone feels the need to force someone else to do anything. Oddly enough, usually bullies are people who have low self esteem and lift themselves up by putting other people down. We must do everything in our power to nip this behavior very quickly. Funny enough our children are not the only bullies. There are some bully adults as well, even some in political office. (O.K., that’s another discussion.)

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