Hey everyone! It was really nice weather today, but as I type this blog it has gotten much colder. Also, I read that the weather will start to get colder this week. Please take care!
In our freetalk today, one of the topics we discussed was the issue of bullying. This week, a lawyer came to the junior high school I work at to teach us about how to prevent bullying and what we should do if we notice students being bullied. Because of smartphones and social media, these days we have a new type of bullying called "cyber bullying". Children can sometimes be cruel and say really horrible things to each other on Facebook, Twitter, Line, etc.
In America we are dealing with the same sort of problems as here in Japan, and it's a difficult situation. In my opinion I think one of the most important things we can do as adults is to teach kids to not accept bullying if they see it happening. Do you know about bullying in your children's school? Did you bully/get bullied when you were younger?
Here are useful phrases that we learned today:
cavity: This is when you get a hole or some damage in your teeth because of eating
too much sweets and/or not taking care of your teeth well.
bullying: The action of hurting someone else on purpose in order to make them feel bad.
Usually bullying happens in schools but sometimes it happens in the adult world, too.
Bullying can be physical or psychological (mental)
strengthen: To make something stronger. You can put dried konbu into your oden to
strengthen the taste of the soup stock. Excercise strengthens your muscles.