Are parents and schools overreacting about bullying?
Some schools allegedly spend large amounts of money on training about. the issue.
Hmm. In elementary school and middle school, I don't think so. However, in high school? Students should already know better by then. As a recent high school graduate this year, I didn't see a single account of bullying in my school (and my school is horrible -- drug central USA, and there was even a fight club in the bathrooms at one point!).
I turned on the news yesterday though and watched a story about a high school girl committing suicide... over being bullied about not having a mother. I was seriously alarmed and taken aback. I mean, really? Bullying someone is already ridiculous in high school, but bullying someone about not having a mother? I literally cannot believe people did that! It'd pathetic and revolting!
No, I don't think parents or schools can ever overreact on this issue. It is a serious problem that causes psychological and emotional damage. I think they are wise to err on the side of caution.
Bullying is damaging to self esteems, and since it is still a major problem, more money couldn't hurt right?
I think there should be more money invested in taking care of children and making sure they are safe and bully-free. Bullying is a very big problem at schools and it come in many different forms. Not only could it be physical or verbal abuse, but now it could be through social networking communications, or cyber-bullying.
The way I see it, parents did not choose to send their children to a school where one or two children think it is okay to pick on their child. A child goes to school to learn, and not to be picked on or humiliated.
I think there needs to be more done with the bullying problem. Just because there are only a few that are publicized, does not mean that there are many that are afraid to step foward and admit they were bullied. The few that were publicized because they led to suicide or death, were enough to want to invest more and make sure that no more children suffer at the hands of a bully. That we never have to read another article about a child that died because of the bullying.
Absolutely not. There is never a time when it is okay to bully.
What may begin as a seemingly 'harmless, kids will be kids' kind of challenging another child, evolves oftent times into something more serious.
I taught children for forty years. I did not 'miss' any overtures of bullying when the children were in my midst. However there were times during the day when the children were not with me. There were opportunities for children to pick on others. I always told children to inform me if someting was happening when they were not with me. Sometimes they were threatened into not telling; 'if you tell, I will beat you up.'
Definitely if a child complains of being bullied, the parent should take action. Contact the school teacher immediately if a report of being bullied is reported to them. If the child continues to complain, then the parent needs to contact the principal. Nip it in the bud early and put an end to it.
Too much tragedy has resulted from ignoring seemingly 'harmless' remarks or actions taken by a student on a student.
No, not at all (although I'm confident they can do an effective anti-bullying campaign without buying the big, expensive programs). For too long, the "naughty" kids were getting away with murder. Soft-hearted teachers and administrators felt sorry for these "troubled" kids and gave them far too many chances and provided them with far too many excuses for their bad behavior. They bullied other students and even teachers. I even saw this at the preschool level. I had a child who was always hitting snd pushing. His early intervention specialist said we could never say: "He hits and pushes." Instead, we had to say the idiotic: "He's handsy." It's about time bullies deal with the consequences of their behavior so schools can be safe places of learning.
Well depends on the reason for the bullying and the level of understanding by the parents. But hey some parents are really overreacting. Spare the rod and spoil the child.
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