evilroda answered: Got anything to say about bullying in schools? How to deal with it, its causes, victims, et cetera?
Teaching kids to stand up to their peers can do more than any school policy or program. When kids call each other out and say, “That’s not cool. Stop. Leave hir alone,” it’s so much more effective.
With that said, we need to do more to teach kids what bullying ACTUALLY IS. Bullying is systematic, targeted attacks. Someone saying, “I don’t want to play with you,” or “I don’t want to work with you on this project,” isn’t bullying. I swear, a kid got reported as a bully because he told another kid, “I don’t want you in this group for this project.” When called down to the office he said, “____ sleeps in class and never does anything. I refuse to work with him and carry him around while he benefits from the good grade I’m going to earn,” and the office supported him. The “victim” refused to see what his peer was saying about him was criticism, not bullying.