OK… I turned 50 this year… so if my math is correct, it’s been a full 31 years since I’ve been a teenager.
But ‘back in the day’, things were a lot different.
I remember being bullied on the bus by a kid three grades older than me that said he was going to do something terrible to me with a knife (which he pulled from his pocket). Of course, it was harmless. Not that the 1 1/2 inch blade on his pocket knife wouldn’t have hurt. He was all talk (which I know now)… but when you’re 8, you don’t have that filter.
I also remember having to wait in line at my high school to use the pay phone. I needed to call home to ask my mom to come and pick me up after a practice or event. (For those under 30, pay phones were these weird contraptions that acted much like a cell phone does today, only they were about a hundred times larger than a cell phone and had a slot for a dime (or later, a quarter) to make a call.
Today things are much different.
No more pay phones. We carry more technology in our pockets today that we could have ever dreamed of 31 years ago.
And while in-person bullying takes place today, much of that has moved online; and many times is much meaner and much more serious that what I ever had to deal with.
Take for instance this graphic describing some of what our teenagers are dealing with: