- A few days ago I stumbled upon a documentary yet to hit the cinemas, a documentary like no other, to raise awareness and attention on a problem that has made victims for decades now, a problem that affected us in one way or another. I can't wait for its release and use it as an educational tool to stop the phenomenon of bullying in it s many forms and intensities. Here is the description given by Hirsch, Lee on IMDb.com: "This year, over 5 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. The Bully Project is the first feature documentary film to show how we've all been affected by bullying, whether we've been victims, perpetrators or stood silent witness. The world we inhabit as adults begins on the playground. The Bully Project opens on the first day of school. For the more than 5 million kids who'll be bullied this year in the United States, it's a day filled with more anxiety and foreboding than excitement. As the sun rises and school buses across the country overflow with backpacks, brass instruments and the rambunctious sounds of raging hormones, this is a ride into the unknown. For a lot of kids, the only thing that's certain is that this year..." It is a problem I wrote about a half a year ago and want to believe that it had an impact on some people, helped them form an opinion and push the breaks on what's called bullying, a spread phenomenon of violence of any kinds among youth and kids.
- Another discovery was an article written and published by Francesca Minerva stating that doctors shall have the right of infanticide (child murder) in cases of babies with severe birth defects or genetic disorders. I'm not a parent, but if I were to have a baby with some death threatening diseases I would do anything to improve his living conditions and if everything fails I will breathe in every single precious moments with my baby and be there for him until his last breath, it's heart-breaking but we have no right to end their life prematurely, it's not their fault for entering this world with a limited life expectancy. You can find the full article here.
- Coming back to bullying phenomenon I found an article about a shooting spree that happened in one of American schools, a tragedy that in a obvious way is linked to bullying. Being a victim of bullying there are to ways to act (in most of the cases): suicide and unload a gun on his classmates. A fragment from the article states that "bullying is not, as some allege, some mandatory rite of passage that young people must endure on their journey to adulthood. This is not "kids just being kids." This is a murderous game that young people are playing all across this country, and without immediate intervention by adults -- parents, teachers, community leaders -- we will continue to see more and more deaths, and the slow and painful obliteration of a generation." These tragedies should not have happened, we choose to stand witnesses rather than solving these severe problems that led to tragedies. Have a careful read and choose to act and put a stop. Tragedy in Ohio: When the Bullied Strike Back.
- The many hours spent in front of a computer by teenagers could be beneficial if they were to create a blog. Psychologists came to the conclusion that blogging helps adolescents suffering from anxiety increase their self-esteem and help them communicate better with their friends. The research made by the psychologists from the University of Haifa, Israel showed that keeping a diary or other forms of written expressions are a great way to relieve the emotional stress and eventually make you feel better. Maintaining a blog has a major positive effect later multiplied by the many encouraging comments made by the online community. "Although online harassment and abuse are common, I noticed that all the comments that were made on the blogs of the study participants were positive and encouraging" said study co-author Azy Barak. This study sought random high school students in Israel who have agreed to complete a questionnaire asking them about their feelings about their social relationships. Later, for the next stage of the study were selected those who had social anxiety problems or depression. Those selected declared that they all had difficulties creating new friendships or maintaining the existing ones. Some of them were given the task to write on their blogs about their social problems, the other ones were given the task to write about anything they can think of. Later they were divided into two groups: the ones who got comments and opinions related to their blog articles and those who did not receive any. The study lasted 10 weeks. Self-confidence, social anxiety, emotional depression and other social behaviors were significantly improved for bloggers who wrote about their problems and issues comparing to bloggers who wrote about something else. The most spectacular results were achieved with those who received positive reviews for their articles.
That is all for today, in the following days, weeks or months I am going to make a lot more discoveries that I am going to share with you. Stuff to get a positive impact from.