Video of bullied bus monitor provides a teachable moment
That video was “so disturbing,” Erickson said. “You’d like to think that it’s an isolated incident, but I don’t think it is. We’ve seen enough [incidents] to make us concerned that we’re failing as parents, educators and society to teach our kids respect and empathy.” In addition to teaching those basic tenets of human behavior, our kids need from us “clear rules, clear expectations and clear consequences [when the rules aren’t followed], Erickson added.
As a start on the road to instilling empathy in our kids, I’d encourage every parent to use this as a teachable moment — to sit down with their kids 11 and older and view the video together.
Granted, the language in the video is crude, but trust me, it’s nothing kids haven’t heard. And isn’t the outcome more important?