Bullying has been around for a very long time and is only getting worse with the added technology ways to bully someone.
It seems as though we can’t stop bullying no matter what is being tried in the schools. Reactionary programs are rarely successful. Say No To Drugs…..well we see where that has taken us. When I was working in a high school as a learning specialist for 9 years, this was our slogan. Drugs are more rampant and more available than ever. However, teenagers were never counseled or taught as what to say yes to.
It is the same with bullying. We have programs in every school now that address character development. This is suppose to reduce bullying. Well, that hasn’t happened. Character is developed with a strong emotional intelligence. It is the old story. What came first the chicken or the egg? In this case, studies are being done to show that the development of the seven attributes of emotional intelligence leads to children developing character or the ability to demonstrate kindness, consideration, empathy, helpfulness, tolerance of differences and a willingness to allow mistakes without retribution.
Let me know what you think and if you have questions….please ask.