Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bully-proofing?

QUESTION:
I worry that if our child does not go to school that he will be vulnerable to bullying when interacting with school kids at activity clubs like soccer or scouts.
RESPONSE:
School kids are vulnerable to bullying both at activity clubs and at school. The idea that practice with being bullied helps people to avoid bullying doesn't seem true. Do abused women stand up to abusers better than women who have not been abused?

With my kids, their tolerance for nonsense from other children was very low, and because they never had to be in a class or club, but it was always their option to leave, it made a huge difference. They knew they could stay if they wanted, or go home if they would rather.

Much of bullying happens because humans need a hierarchy to interact. They don't behave well in "equal" groups of equally inexperienced people their own age. First, they need to learn from older and more experienced people. And if they have no leaders or experts in the group, then bullying and gangs can develop, because people seem to have a need to know their "rank" in a group.

I think bullying is a natural side effect of people feeling powerless, and of not being in the regular world where people do have different ages and different levels of experience in a situation.
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1 comment:

  1. Sandra- I have been honored with the Versatile Blogger Award, and get to bestow it upon 15 others.

    I may not mention it or comment here, but this blog is always there when I need it, and has an awesome way of applying directly to my life and thoughts.

    You can see the award post here....

    http://memismommy.blogspot.com/2012/02/oh-yeahim-versatile.html

    Thank you for all your amazing offerings!

    Shanberat

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