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Monday, May 21, 2012

Schoolgirl Bullies - how uncool is that?

Watch Jessie J’s story on school bullying.

Getting by at school without being noticed is often a real struggle for some girls. If, for any reason, they are also picked on by fellow pupils, life at school can become unbearable. 

It is common knowledge that bullies can resort to physical violence, as well as emotional harassment and cyberbullying. Make no mistake though; the verbal force can be as traumatic as the corporal one. Statistics show that one out of four kids is bullied and that increasingly, juvenile violence is more likely to occur on school premises. In the case of girls taunting their female classmates there’s a lot at stake, since the girl-bully pattern is more frequently developed during the sensitive middle school years. Any form of derision or expression of scorn is enough to cause serious mental damage to a young girl and block healthy social interactions. Tackling the problem includes speaking up and confiding in a family member or teaching staff, which at the same time brings forward the significance of the intervention on behalf of the parents and educators in identifying and preventing intimidation events. They should be alert to symptoms that tend to be the norm while girls experience bullying, for example low self-esteem, unsteadiness in grades, isolation, depression, and stress.

Many celebrities from politics, show business, sports field and fashion industry stepped forward and went on to launch a campaign in order to raise awareness of the issue of bullying prevention. Beautiful and successful women like Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet, Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, Jessica Alba, and Victoria Beckham were victims of bullying at school because they were too chubby, too skinny, too light-complexioned, or too dissimilar. Stella McCartney, the fashion designer and daughter of the legendary Beatles member Paul McCartney, has admitted she had an ordinary childhood despite her famous parents, but while attending state school she was teased about her publicity, which resulted into herself becoming a bully. In 2011, Lady Gaga set up the Born This Way Foundation, in a movement to embrace young people's bravery and empowerment against forms of repression like bullying in schools and communities. In addition, English pop singer Jessie J spoke out about the scoffers in her school days through the music video “Who’s laughing now,” which earned her the title of Best Role Model in Pop Music by Capital FM music fans for her honest lyrics and positive attitude.

It's not top-notch, funny, or trendy to play with a girl's adolescence or to endanger her psychological integrity. In fact, it is closer to a crime!

-Magda Repouskou
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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