So how are we as a nation going to combat it?
As long as you group a butch of people into an environment, where they can't escape, there is going to be bullying.
School is like a prison in this regard, people group up to protect themselves.
About the best way to defray bullying.
That last sentence, is it referring to people should group up to ... then it becomes a gang mentality?
With the internet and social networking, it's become much, much worse. You can't make it safely home and that's it for tomorrow. Bullies have taken to the internet. I think laws need to become much more severe so there is some return to normal "cause and effect".
You can only do so much, unless you take them out of the school, it will most likely continue until they decide to stop.
So the schools with a "zero-tolerance" rule are barking up the wrong tree?
"Oh lordy look at what the kids are doing on the facebooks!"
I'm 52 and don't watch the evening news. I do remember my own past, though. I do not remember any suicides from bullying. What's up with that.
I doubt that the media covered things like that in the same way as they do now.
No - but I had eyes in my head. And I didn't watch the evening news then, either.
But forget, for the moment, the talk-show specials, the George Washington Bridge, the Florida dad who rushed onto a school bus to scare his 13-year-old daughter's bullies straight. The reality, say social scientists, is that bullying is neither more extreme nor more prevalent than it was during the days of pigtails dipped in inkwells—and in fact, over the past decade, prevention programs have been effective in lowering it. "The picture created in the media," says Norwegian psychologist Dan Olweus, a world-renowned bullying expert, "simply does not fit with the reality."
We are a culture for whom bully-spotting has become a sport; bullying itself a ubiquitous label (and damning accusation) fueled by a breed of helicopter parents who want to protect their kids from every stick and stone, and of news commentators who whip them further into a frenzy. When it comes down to it, antibully crusading has become almost evangelical in its fervor. It's also a become a "cottage industry," says Suffolk University Law School's David Yamada, complete with commentators and prevention experts and a new breed of legal scholars, all preparing to take on an enemy that's always been there.
That's exactly what I'm saying.
Yeah, I know. See - I don't just take a position and hold it.
Anderson Cooper to Hold Special 'Bullying: No Escape' Town Hall Meeting
I don't think that bullying is somehow worse than it used to be. The only thing that has changed really is the means by which people bully each other. The internet opened a whole new arena for it. I'm not making excuses or trying to justify it, but it was bound to happen.
I'm not sure what you're saying here. You started the thread by arguing that there's a new bullying epidemic. Then you seemed to acknowledge that there's no such thing. Now you're posting about Anderson Cooper's attempt to cut back on this faux bullying epidemic.
I think instant in your face tech. crap has made bullying much worse
Because all the facts are not in. Your perceptions are not necessarily the facts anymore than mine are.
The reality, say social scientists, is that bullying is neither more extreme nor more prevalent than it was during the days of pigtails dipped in inkwells—and in fact, over the past decade, prevention programs have been effective in lowering it. "The picture created in the media," says Norwegian psychologist Dan Olweus, a world-renowned bullying expert, "simply does not fit with the reality."
Whether or not there is more or less of it, whether or not it is worse or not worse has nothing to do with it. Having effective strategies to eliminate bullying is what matters most.