Are we overusing the word "bullying?"
Author Susan Porter, a school counselor and administrator, just released "Bully Nation:Why America’s Approach to Childhood Aggression is Bad for Everyone." She notes that allowing kids to deal with conflicts themselves -- rather than falling back on a zero-tolerance policy -- will help them become more resilient in the long run.
She claims that kids aren't nastier than they used to be -- and that the media has simply created the hype. We all know of kids who were bullied back when we were in school. Bullying then and now stinks, with or without social media.
But labeling a child a bully can do some serious harm to relationships, even among parents.
Porter makes a good point: If any conflict among kids is labeled as bullying, then actual bullying can get lost in the shuffle. The real question is: If our anti-bullying measures aren't working, what will?
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