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- Published on Sunday, 24 April 2011 12:59
- Written by Shawn Landis
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Bullying is hardly a new issue. Cyber bullying has just given people a new way to be nasty to each other. The anonymity often makes the situation works. Schools, under increasing pressure from parents and communities have tried to find ways to address the problem. Olweus is a popular system in many schools, but the system does not seem to address the actual issues. It merely forces the problems to take place outside of school property.
No one wants to get bullied. No one wants to hear their child is a bully, but these problems have continued for many centuries and no real relief has been found. What does not work when dealing with bullies is forcing children to be polite to each other while adults are present, as Olweus seems to think.
Olweus is new and probably needs works. Martial arts dojos have offered their own solutions, but these solutions do not necessarily bully proof children either. To be fair, martial arts, even the Western forms like fencing, do not focus solely on the fighting aspects. Any decent instructor tries to instill virtues of respect, patience and in many cases tolerance. Teaching people to fight and expecting one person not to use it improperly is not realistic however. The lesson is actually delivered by both versions of the Karate Kid movie.
What might work is a system of intervention. The bullies need to be caught and shamed for their behaviors as soon as it starts. The wait and see attitude taking by many schools causes the student being bullied to lash out eventually. Often the student who lashes out receives harsher punishment than the students who have been picking at him for weeks.
Attempts to address the problem are in their infancy, but they tend to focus on protecting administrators, rather than protecting the students.
(Administrator's Note: This is part of Asexual News's bullying series which concludes at the end of the month. Feel free to offer your own opinions and solutions in the comments section).