For hundreds of years it remained pretty much the same, a big kid picking on a smaller one.
But with the advent of this age of booming technology, the bully is changing and finding this new technological growth to be of great use to damage children in more far-reaching and indelible ways.
The bully can now remain anonymous, well hidden behind computer chips and burn* phones. Images taken without permission on a cellphone can be altered by any number of graphic programs to turn pixels into weapons.
For the first time in history there are darker shadows to hide in, instantaneous ways to hit and run, leaving pain and hurt in their wake.
The twenty-first century bully can strike and destroy without ever throwing a punch.
*Burn phones refer to pre-paid cell phones, anonymous, and virtually untraceable.
Bobby Kipper and Bud Ramey have co-authored two books and numerous articles on the crisis in youth violence plaguing our culture, addressing “best practices” for making a difference in the gang crisis and bullying epidemic that is impacting an entire generation. Over 4,400 young people committed suicide last year, largely due to the bullying epidemic. Their books, No BULLIES : Solutions for Saving Our Children from Today’s Bully and No COLORS : 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities, offer advocacy for at-risk youth.
Bobby Kipper, Director and Founder of the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence, is a career law enforcement officer with extensive experience in the area of preventing youth and community violence nationwide. His background includes working on a number of key national initiatives with the White House, Congress, and the Department of Justice.
Bud Ramey is the 2010 Public Affairs Silver Anvil Award winner of the Public Relations Society of America—the highest public affairs recognition in the world. His grassroots public affairs and humanitarian successes and advocacy for at-risk youth stretch across three decades.