Dan Olweus created a definition of bullying used around the world today: Bullying must involve physical or verbal abuse delivered repeatedly, over time, and feature a power imbalance.    Part of the etiology is immaturity and a need to impress peers by belittling others.  It can happen at any age. There is an essential lack of empathy and compassion in the behaviors.  Bullying has been a classic historical issue in childhood and continues to be a problem.  It is much more visible in recent times with the advent of social media.  It cannot be escaped by going home from school.  It is more of a problem then ever before.

Emily Bazelton’s book, Sticks and Stones, was just published, February 2013.  It explores what is known about bullying. 

She suggests what can be done to better understand and address situations before they turn tragic.


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