Stop bullying…

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Over the years, I have spent time advising counselors, psychologists, and schools about the deleterious effects of bullying.  Whilst some children become resilient to adverse emotional experiences, perhaps the majority endure longer-term issues that can culminate in depression and even suicide. Indeed, at some schools, the pattern seems to be to “let the children be themselves” without adequate supervision.  Policies are not evenly applied, and are often confused with actual “to do” guidance manuals for teachers on how to identify and prevent bullying. Another aspect that is minimized is the emotional damage done to the child actually perpetrating the bullying. Frequently, these children have themselves been the victim of abuse or bullying.  So, there is a vicious cycle in which both the abused and abuser are caught in this spiral of emotional damage that can transcend generations. It is as if both are being transported down an increasingly deep tunnel, where the exit is not perceived easily. More needs to be done to curb bullying, and to make the experiences of children as supporting and as loving as possible. tumblr_nsoart1b4l1qfirfao1_1280