Talking about abnormality is quiet the touchy topic. Abnormality is something most people tend to move away from. In the larger society being normal will get you places, will not get you teased, won’t be emotionally distressing, and will get you the all inclusive in pass with the “cool” kids. This will make your childhood years easy breezy. Unless you are one of those kids who is thinking outside the box, one who was born and has been encouraged to use their sociological imagination.
Kids, amongst other people, are the targeted victims of society’s norms. They are the ones who are the most vulnerable because they are still finding their way, finding themselves. Children haven’t grown to see enough of the world to learn that things aren’t always as society says they should be. There are norms but by all means they are not meant to be followed to the tee. This is where we come to see one of the biggest problems children are now facing in their home away from home, school.
Bullying is a problem that within recent years has captured more attention of the media, although it has been a recurring issue. A bully takes the face of what society believes to be acceptable and makes its victims those who have strayed away from what is considered normal.
How does anyone know what is normal? is it because modernity has taught people that if you are not what society says you should be as a man or woman/ boy or girl, then you get to be the victim? Parents are the ones that have the power over their children to teach them that times and life are different now. Woman or girls don’t have to wear pink barrettes or pink skirts. As a woman or girl, you can play softball, wear jeans, tie your hair back, shave you head and you’re still feminine. Man or boy, you can be thinner or built, strong or emotional yet that will not make you less masculine.
Children have to be taught that times have changed. Individuals are not all robots running around doing everything exactly the same. Some people are born different. Some people question everything around them , something that should be encouraged at an early age, so we can see a change in the behavior patterns that tend to nurture bullying. We don’t just want to raise children, we want to raise individuals who know themselves and know their society