Girls on the Run: Prevent, be aware of bullying

The one big thing in life you should never ever do is bully.

It’s very hurtful, and you should always treat others the way you want to be treated. This is one of the things we learned last week in Girls on the Run. There is not only one type of bullying but three, including verbal, physical and emotional.

An example of verbal bullying is calling people names, teasing and making others feel bad about themselves. Next is physical bullying, which is hurting people by hitting, kicking, biting, pinching, etc. Last but not least, we have emotional bullying. Emotional bullying is spreading rumors, gossiping and cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is spreading rumors and gossiping about someone online. This can hurt just as much as any other kind of bullying.

In Girls on the Run, we learned how all bullying can hurt people around us very much. If this is happening around, you should stand up for yourself or others you see being bullied. This can help make a difference, keeping your school and neighborhood bully free. For example, my school has signs that say “bully free” zone.

Last week, we also learned about choosing our friends and why it is important to be able to have that choice. Choosing your friends is important because you don’t want a friend that always has his or her negative cord plugged in. That will only bring you down in the dumps and make you feel bad about yourself. You want to choose a friend that brings out the best in you. Then you’ll be out of the dumps and seeing the sun shine.

We talked about forced popularity and real popularity. Forced popularity is when a person forces you to be their friend with his or her actions and says mean things to get friends. This is also known as a “bully.” Real popularity is when people want to be friends with you because you’re nice, funny, encouraging, etc. These are the friends that you want to choose and surround yourself with.

If you ever see someone being bullied or if you are being bullied, I challenge you to stand up and stop the bullying and to remind them that it’s not right to bully. Remember to make sure you always choose friends that have their positive, “sparkly” cord plugged in so they bring out the best in you.

• Anna Calhan is a fifth-grader at South Elementary in Crystal Lake. For information on Girls on the Run, visit www.gotrnwil.org or email ldayon@gotrnwil.org.