Kevin Curwick Takes on Bullying
Kevin Curwick, a senior at Osseo High School in Minnesota, is also the captain of the school’s football team. He doesn’t worry about being bullied, but focuses on those who are being bullied.
After seeing so many of his classmates bullied online and in school, he set up a Twitter account,
‘Osseo Nice Things,‘ to talk about the positive things he sees with kids at his school. Here’s a sample of what you can see on the feed:
- “John Rapinac can make your days better. Don’t believe me? Try meeting him! #greatsmile”
- “Osseo sure is lucky to have Cody Wilcox at school. Funny, smart, and talented”
- “Great friend to have, always looking for new people to talk to, and never a dull moment when Spenser Morgan is around.”
- “I feel safe about the future of the earth, and humanity knowing we have people like Hailey Nelson. She is super smart and nice and green!”
Bullying is a serious problem in America, with a number of children committing suicide every year because the damage is so bad. In response, many anti-bullying campaigns have been started nationwide, to teach children how to deal with bullying, and to teach those who are not being bullied to stand up for and support those who are.
Statistics from 2010 say that some 160,000 children stay home from school every day for fear of being bullied. And the problem doesn’t stop with bullying in person–it extends to cyberbullying, which takes place online. As the problem continues to grow, a number of states are stepping in with anti-bullying laws, to protect children and to lessen the problem.
When someone knows you see positive in them, they are much more likely to respond positively. In terms of sports psychology, taking the time to point out what a player does well and congratulate them for a job well done will get you much further than berating them for what needs improvement.
Intrinsic motivation is motivation from within. This refers to a desire to perform well and succeed. There is usually a desire to overcome a problem, the development of skills to overcome the problem, rehearsal of successful habits until they become perfect, and the feeling of pride and enjoyment in performing the scale. Most people have intrinsic motivation to do well in everything they have to do, not necessarily for the attention it will get them but for the personal satisfaction.
Extrinsic motivation is outside the performer. These are things that encourage athletes perform and will be either tangible or intangible rewards. Tangible rewards are those such as metals and money. When young athletes are involved, these rewards should be used sparingly because winning a prize can become more important than competing well. In tangible rewards are things such as recognition, achievements, and praise. The should be use on a regular basis to help encourage the athlete to repeat the behavior that earned the praise.
While one tweet at a time is a heck of a way to tackle bullying, Curwick has the right idea. By using positive words to let people know they are loved and appreciated, he is working against bullying and providing motivation. When the bullied child sees that at least one person, especially the captain of the football team, has something positive to say about them and will be there for them, it will motivate them to continue coming to school. It may even motivate them to tackle the bullying head on, in a positive way, to stop it from continuing.
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