If you’ve ever listened into the live chat on Fortnite or Roblox or Call of Duty then you probably have a good idea of how Stop Bullying defines cyberbullying and online gaming. We won’t even get started with the TikTok and Instagram comments section. 😮💨
While cyberbullying is pervasive and can often be just as damaging to developing children (and adults), in-person school bullying is a problem that nearly 20% of students grade 9-12 report experiencing.
- That means if you have 5 kids, it’s statistically likely that at least one of them will be bullied in high school. Bullying leads to violence, which leads to fights.
When 23 students were arrested in just three days due to school fighting at Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, a group of 40 dads chose to volunteer their time in shifts at the school, calling themselves “Dads on Duty.”
“Not everybody has a father figure at home, or a male – period – in their life” one of the D.O.D.s said in an interview with CBS.
Since this group of dads started patrolling the school every day, no fights have broken out, and students report feeling safer. “Today, any negative energy that enters the building has to run a gauntlet of good parenting.”
- One student said, “You ever heard of a look?” She chuckled as she described “the dad look” that’s sometimes enough to stop trouble in its tracks.
- In addition to “the look”, the dads walk around telling dad jokes to the students that make their day a little lighter, and little brighter.
The Bible doesn’t speak specifically to the idea of bullying, but there are countless principles we can draw from a Biblical worldview.
- Love people as much as you love yourself (Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:39.
- Treat other people the way you want them to treat you (Luke 6:31)
- Only say things that build others up (Ephesians 4:29)
Founders of Dads on Duty have discovered that their simple presence is sometimes enough change the feeling of the room.
“We decided the best people to take care of our kids are us” they said to to Steve Hartman of CBS.
Dads on Duty has had so much success creating a safer environment for the students at Southwood High School that they hope to start forming chapters all around Louisiana, and eventually the whole country.