Bullying: Not Just Kids' Stuff
Growing recognition of the impact of bullying has prompted
new urgency to prevent it in schools and communities.
While bullying is nothing new, school shootings at Virginia Tech
and elsewhere highlighted the reach of bullying and how it can
escalate far beyond schoolyard scuffles. One new study showed that
90% of elementary school students have been bullied by peers and
60% of kids admitted to being bullies. Other new research points to
the long-term effects of bullying. One study found that bullies and
their victims are more likely than other kids to be victims of
crime outside of school. At least 32 states had passed laws in 2007
that prohibit bullying and set up prevention programs.
What to Watch:
Bullying will continue to move beyond the domain of school
discipline and into the realm of public health and safety, with
more state and local governments attempting to address the issue
through legislation and community programs. Parents will also be
called on to take a more active role in broaching the issue with
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