Don’t Just “Shake it Off,” Reinvent Yourself
“‘I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now.’
‘Oh, ’cause she’s dead!’ (ohh!)”
Taylor Swift just upped her game from a simple “Shake it Off,” to a new ditty that takes “talk to the hand” to “look me in the eyes, and watch me reinvent myself.” While some may get caught up in the Kimye-Tay Tay bash fest, her lyrics often represent the perfect occasion to introduce arguments such as Bullying in the classroom. Adolescents often relate to music, and her songs talk directly to their world. Girls with sensitive skin provoked acne often find themselves the target of bullies.
Bullying includes any kind of behavior that involves threats, spreading vicious rumors, cyber bullying, physical or verbal assaults, or striving to exclude a person from a particular activity or group. Bullying is not a phenomenon that you “need to learn to live with” in school, but it is a problem that can create serious harm to the psycho-physical well-being of students.
The best strategy to combat bullying is prevention. Promote an open, positive cultural, social and emotional climate that can discourage the emergence of abuse and bullying in your classroom. The school is the first place where quality social relationships form and values are taught that can help prevent bullying. Promoting reciprocal knowledge, self-esteem for children, and teaching students the tools to be open to diversity and respecting others is fundamental in preventing acts of bullying.
Recognizing bullying is not always easy. Teachers and parents are required to attentively, and actively listen and observe their students to identify potential problems.
When an act of bullying begins, the more time passes, the more certain roles become defined and the consequences can be detrimental. Both the school and the family must collaborate and effectively communicate to enact a shared and coherent intervention plan. If a parent suspects that her daughter is a victim of bullying or bullying another child, the first step is to talk to her teacher. Conversely, if a teacher is aware of acts of bullying, she should summon both the bully’s parents and the victim’s parents to jointly organize a shared strategy to put an end to the situation.
“But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time…”
Taylor Swift’s “Look What you Made Me Do,” based on the title may seem as if she considers herself a victim, yet when reading the lyrics, one understands how she has chosen to transform a past negative incident into opportunity…and leaves the rest to Karma: an empowering message for young women.