Are We Enabling Our Youth to Be Bullies?

Schoolyard bullies have jumped the playground fence. They’re hiding behind cell phones and snapchats. It’s easier. Looking into the eyes of someone whose life you’re about to upend isn’t as conscience-tugging as hitting the send key. Unfortunately, we all know this. We all know that bulling is now cyber-enabled. So why is it still so insidious? Why is bullying still so prevalent in young lives? One answer could be that we—parents and other caring adults—might be culpable of the enabling. Kids learn behavior. They learn it from us.

Of course, we’re not bullies! How could we be? We tell our children to demonstrate civility, tolerance, and generosity. “They”—the bullies—are not “us”—the humane. (more…)