Our community's youth have become a target of bullying. It’s happening far too often in our communities, in our schools and in our homes.

We must face the hard reality: We all are to blame. All of us have not done enough to curb these actions that hurt our children.

Now there will be those who say bullying is simply a part of the natural course of life. It’s “if no one is hurt – what’s the big deal? It’s just kids horsing around.”

We live in a different era – life is not the same as it was 50, 40, 30, 20 or even 10 years ago. Our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have access to technology at their fingertips. We, unfortunately, did not.

We need to ask ourselves: How many times have each of us witnessed an act of bullying and said little or nothing? If our kid wasn’t involved, we figured, it’s none of our business.

To put it frankly, it is our business. It’s our responsibility to make certain each of our children are, and become, respected members of our community and society.

We can’t keep looking away. It takes a community to start the battle against bullying.

Schools need to be at the forefront of this battle against bullying. Outside of school, our community needs to step up its approach, too. If any community wants to stop bullying, it can’t rely on our schools alone.

Bullying can take on many forms, some of them include various forms of social media, and cell phones..

Parents should play an active role in monitoring cell phone as well as internet social media usage.

All public and private institutions need to do more to demonstrate that bullying is unacceptable in our workplaces and in our homes.

We need to educate ourselves and others, too.

Last week the youth and community members marched down California Street and to the Plaza to bring awareness that bullying isn’t acceptable in any way, shape or form. We're proud of them for taking a stand.

While life is not perfect, we need to be honest with ourselves.

Bullying has tightened the noose on our lives and … our community.

As adults, we need to set the example.

We can’t be afraid to stand up and be heard.