Bullying in Schools: An Exploding Problem
The issue of bullying in schools has become an increasingly troublesome and difficult problem for parents and school officials to navigate. Although a recent television commentator (whose name I will not repeat) recently referred to bullying as a “fad”, this insensitive and uninformed comment is belied by the facts and the experiences of parents and educators.
As recently as ten to fifteen years ago, bullying commonly involved one-on-one contact between a bully and a victim, often in unstructured or unsupervised areas of a school building such as a locker room or a stairwell. Audiences to the bullying, if any, were typically small in number. However, changes in technology and the media have created dramatically greater capacity for bullies to harm vulnerable children, and especially children with disabilities and/or gender issues.
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