Good Cause Of The Month: Stand Up For Girls


Remember your teenage years? Chances are, you weren’t having the time of your life. How would you rank them? I, personally, can safely say, my teenage years were the hardest part of my life. With all the biological and emotional changes you go through in your teenage years, life pretty much sucks. I was quite popular in high school, but no one escapes bullying. That’s the nature of teenage minds. Where the difference is being made, is the support you’re getting and how you chose to deal with the bullies. It’s like walking on tightrope. My parents were very supportive but also very overprotective at that time. I don’t blame them, looking back, I would have done the same. I wasn’t a dream child in those years either. But at the time, it felt overwhelming. I’d probably would have liked the option of being able to talk to someone unbiased, someone professional provided by my high school, someone to be found at the same place when I needed to talk. You don’t share all your fears with your parents, let alone your mates.

I want my daughter to have that option. I’d like my daughter to be educated about the possible ways of dealing with the pressure. New, worrying findings say 1 in every 3 girls are unhappy with their appearance. According to the Good Childhood Report 2016 conducted by The Children’s Society. That’s 1/3. Frightening figures. 

Furthermore, 1 in every 7 girls are unhappy with their life in general. Pretty bad, compared to the fact that we meant to be a more developed society than the generations before. Can you take more bad news? It’s getting worse. And only with girls.  Boy’s happiness remains the same.

So, what’s going on? Why only girls? We are being told and reminded constantly not to measure ourselves to the poster girls, the idiotic Kardashians, or other public female figures considered to be beautiful. In my view, that new era has already begun, and women started to realise that our qualities aren’t based on beauty. As adults though,  it’s a lot easier,  because we have all those years behind us and we’ve learned and struggled our ways through the us of teenage years. But can we spare all those unnecessary tears and scars? Can we minimise the impact of bullying? Can we provide the help they need from us without pushing them out of their comfort zone? I think we can and we should.

Another aspect of this survey, that social media should take the blame. I’m not so sure that technology should be or can be blamed in these days, but the inevitable truth is that young people spend significant time on their social media outlets. And that’s an extra source of bullying. As a parent I find myself armed with limited knowledge on this mine field: we didn’t have to deal with cyber bullying in our teenage years. I don’t know anything about it. Just the everyday classroom bullying was more than enough, thanks very much. So, even if you think you’re the best to help them, you might need some catching u to do.

Therefore, I strongly support the Children’s Society’s call for the Government to make sure emotional and mental health support is available in all schools. My generation missed out on this, I want my daughter to be able to get the help she might need.

What can we do? Share this message, spread the word, talk about it with your friends and family.

Visit The Children’s Society’s homepage to learn more, educate yourself and donate.

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Heather Keet March 6, 2017 - 11:44 am

I think I may be the person who escaped bullying. I was a middle of the road as far as popularity and I had the ability to move between different high school peer groups without a problem. I was the hysterical teenager that people liked to have around because I was easy to get along with. I do think if I were a teen today I would be bullied, it seems like the online world makes people feel comfortable being atrocious to others. #GlobalBlogging

Reply March 6, 2017 - 1:13 pm

Lucky you. I think, there’s little to do with the bullied person. It’s more about the whole environment in school, what’s acceptable by a group of young people and what’s not. You’re right, it’s a lot harder for kids today. #globalblogging

Lucy March 6, 2017 - 12:00 pm

I agree that this is a very important topic and still undervalued compared to physical health. Good job for spreading the message. #GlobalBlogging

Stephanie March 6, 2017 - 12:36 pm

I do think that social media does play a role with everything having to be Insta perfect. Marketing was to blame for so long, but it is really great to see that shift in our lifetime. Great cause! #globalblogging

Reply March 6, 2017 - 1:06 pm

Yes. Fingers crossed it happens soon. We’re on the right track, I think.

Tracey March 6, 2017 - 1:37 pm

My teen daughter didn’t experience bullying but had terrible anxiety and panic attacks during school. The staff were really supportive and let her take time out when she needed it, they referred her to see the school counsellor but I think they were so over subscribed that she left school before seeing them. There should definitely be more support for emotional and mental health needs because so many children need it. #globalblogging

kristin mccarthy March 6, 2017 - 1:50 pm

Very true and gut wrenching thought as I am here raising four little girls- who will not always be so little.


Nige March 6, 2017 - 1:55 pm

I have 4 daughters and 100% behind this brilliant campaign thanks for hosting #globalblogging

Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom March 6, 2017 - 2:12 pm

I’m in the U.S. but am all for anything to help our tween and teen girls feel better about themselves and stay sane in this fast-pace world. Good on you for spreading the word!


Tracey - Naughty a Forty Diaries March 6, 2017 - 2:12 pm

I was bullied at school [ really horrible time] so this message is a really important one…as I wouldn’t wish what happened to me on anybody else.

Let’s hope the government ensure the emotional and mental support is made readily available.
Tracey #globalblogging

Rhian Harris March 6, 2017 - 2:24 pm

The pressures on teens these days is so much worse than when I was growing up. Such a good cause #globalblogging

Reply March 6, 2017 - 3:07 pm

I feel the same way. So much harder for these kids nowadays. There should be help available when needed. #globalblogging

Sarah - Mum & Mor March 6, 2017 - 2:48 pm

When I was a teen, I had quite a hard time. I was picked on due to my appearance and for simply wishing to do well at school. I had a boyfriend who was horrible to me, too. I really needed some help in loving myself and aiming for better. I think having emotional help for girls available would be a good thing. #GlobalBlogging

Reply March 6, 2017 - 3:06 pm

Definitely. I’m so glad I can help and spread the word. So important!

Susie / S.H.I.T. March 6, 2017 - 3:11 pm

What a great post raising awareness on a subject which is so important in this day and age for teenage girls. There are so many pressures on them with social media and as you say, the likes of idiotic reality stars like the Kardashians. Available help and support at schools should definiitely be imperative. #globalblogging

Reply March 6, 2017 - 8:11 pm

Social media stars and celebrities are just everywhere and their lifestyle might look appealing for young people, because it’s all about being popular, isn’t it? They need to learn, that these people are not real, they are just money making machines, there’s nothing desirable about the way they are. #globalblogging

Nicole - Tales from Mamaville March 6, 2017 - 3:28 pm

Great post and well done for spreading the message. It is sad what girls go through the world over, even in ‘developed’ countries with ‘educated’ minds. Be it bullying, rape, crossing the glass ceiling, equal pay – whatever. Will things ever change?

One Messy Mama March 6, 2017 - 6:09 pm

It’s true. We live in such a different time. It’s frightening to think that bullying has escalated in such a dramatic way. Not that it wasn’t horrific when we were younger. We can only hope to educate our children and keep the lines of communication with them open! Good on you for raising awareness! xxx #globalblogging

Reply March 6, 2017 - 8:06 pm

Yes. I normally take on a charity request every other month and Try to raise awareness for a good cause. I have this platform, my blog, when a charity is close to my heart, I just cannot not help. #globalblogging

Emma me and b make tea March 6, 2017 - 7:02 pm

it is just so important isn’t it – mental health and ensuring our teens have someone to turn to. teenage years were definitely tough and its not until you are older that all those worries and woes seem less worth it. I fear so much for my son and what social media will be like as he grows up. #GlobalBlogging

Mrs Mummy Harris March 6, 2017 - 8:49 pm

More support is definately needed, I suffered from depression to be told by my GP that the pill would sort me out and it was up to my parents to seek counselling for me. This was not ok and if i was told that now I would stand up for the girl who is begging for help.
Hopefully this campaign will make a difference! #globalblogging

Tubbs March 6, 2017 - 10:10 pm

Great post. I’m raising a teenager and there seems to be so much pressure on them now. Much more than when I was growing up #globalblogging

Jeannette March 7, 2017 - 3:47 am

Social media is not to blame. There has always been bullies. Social media made it easier to bully. I wish there was the option for emotional and health support in our schools, but sadly we are very far behind. #globalblogging

MomOfTwoLittleGirls March 7, 2017 - 10:12 am

You can’t blame a machine. It’s a tool. Although it does make it easier for cowards to become bullys.
The mean bully traits come from humans.

Helena March 7, 2017 - 9:28 pm

I agree we should be empowering our girls to deal with the challenges of everyday life. #GlobalBlogging

Michelle Goodwin March 8, 2017 - 9:28 pm

Such an important subject. I had a pretty hard time in middle school and I think it’s still leaving a lasting impact #globalblogging

Barrie Bismark March 9, 2017 - 6:28 pm

Seeing those stats makes me so sad. I’m the mom of two little girls. It is important to teach them and empower them. It’s a scary world.

Hayley@ Mission: Mindfulness March 9, 2017 - 9:29 pm

This is a really powerful post with some extremely worrying stats. I couldn’t agree more that we should make sure emotional and mental health support is available in all schools. This is so important. #globalblogging

Brandi with Big Fit Fam March 11, 2017 - 8:53 pm

Being a girl is really hard, I worry about my daughter a lot 🙁 #globalblogging


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