After former child model, Nicolette twice sustained a broken nose, she was constantly teased by peers on Facebook and in school. At the tender age of thirteen, Nicolette underwent cosmetic surgery to repair and refine her nose. Cosmetic surgery at such a young age brings forth many questions. Physically, is the child’s bone structure mature enough to be permanently altered? Instead of undergoing surgery, could a child be taught how to deal with bullying? Wouldn’t confronting a problem strengthen character and ultimately help a child learn how to cope with distressing situations later in life? Possibly yes, and possibly no.
Eleven-year-old Arianna Adan tis another child who fought bullying with plastic surgery. After constantly being teased about her ears, Arianna became withdrawn and depressed. One day she resorted to trying to tack her ears back with a stapler. Although she admits that the surgery was painful, it was well worth it because she felt more beautiful afterwards.
Bullying is nothing new, but with the surge of social media, it has become rampart, forcing some teenagers into ultimate acts of desperation. According to BullyingStatistics.org, in 2010 one in seven children grades kindergarten through 12th was a bully or a victim of one.
If Nicolette or Arianna was your daughter, how do you think you would have helped them confront their problem?