Bullying – JUST STOP IT!

Tuesday Talk Topic #3: STOP THE BULLYING – How To Better Educate & Prevent In Our Pasifika Families and In The Youth?

Last week, a youth made a remark on a Facebook post that popped up on her News-feed. She said “There’s this Facebook post about a girl from school, the comments about her aren’t nice”. I asked the youth “What are you going to do about it?”. Her observation startled me. “Nothing. No one likes the girl, she’s always talking smack about the girls from school and talks crap about people on social media, she deserves it”.

You don’t have to agree, but regardless of a person’s circumstance (whether they are a bully or not), gender, age, religion, ethnic, social status, marital status etc – NO ONE DESERVES TO BE BULLIED!

Bullying is not a new word in our vocabulary and unfortunately this horrific behavior exists in all forms of relationships; not just in school environments, but in dating, courting, marriage, family, friends, church, network, workplace and society. Because of technological advances, cyber bullying has evolved drastically and the effects of such behavior is detrimental and in adverse cases, deadly.

The Tuesday Topic for the week is HOW CAN WE HELP PREVENT BULLYING IN OUR PASIFIKA FAMILIES? HOW CAN WE BETTER EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN AND THE YOUTH OF THE CHURCH THE CAUSE AND EFFECTS OF BULLYING? WHAT STORIES CAN WE DRAW FROM THE SCRIPTURES THAT CAN HELP OUR CHILDREN AND THE YOUTH RESPOND IN A CHRISTLIKE MANNER?

Please note this discussion is not just limited to helping our youth but extends to ALL AGES & GENDER who have been victims of bullying, who are currently being bullied or who are doing the bully. ‘How many of us ‘adults’ still bully, talk smack or insult other people?’.

Other questions you may want to consider when sharing your thoughts.

What teachings of the gospel can you draw to help victims of bullying? To help those sisters who are addicted to bullying? As Polynesian women, how can we help prevent this unacceptable behavior in our families, in our circle of friends, in our personal relationships, in the youth, church and communities? What can we do to better educate our children and the youth to voice their opinions? How can we help the youth realize no matter what the person’s circumstance is, no one deserves to be bullied? What counsels have we received from our church leaders to help deal with bullying?

Remember to ask yourself before you post ‘will this help a sister strengthen her commitment to Christ?’

Dieter F Uchtdorf intrepidly stated: ‘When it comes to our own prejudices and grievances, we too often justify our anger as righteous and our judgment as reliable and only appropriate. Though we cannot look into another’s heart, we assume that we know a bad motive or even a bad person when we see one. We make exceptions when it comes to our own bitterness because we feel that, in our case, we have all the information we need to hold someone else in contempt’.

Discussions will take place on PACIFIC LDS WOMEN FACEBOOK GROUP

Additional Resources

The Merciful Obtain Mercy – Dieter F Uchtdorf

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/04/the-merciful-obtain-mercy?lang=eng

Woe Unto You Hypocrites

https://www.lds.org/manual/new-testament-gospel-doctrine-teachers-manual/lesson-20-woe-unto-you-hypocrites?lang=eng

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