As I watched the news this morning, there is more about 'cyber bullying' and bullying in general. I hear about what can be done to stop the bullying, what should the consequences be, etc..... My opinion is that most targets (victims) of bullying are those with low self esteem, maybe some physical or mental challenges. In the journey to stop the bullying, I would sure like to see programs in place to help those with low self esteem. There are all sorts of after school programs that are geared to make a student a better athlete, a better debater, a better foreign language student - so why not a program to help a student to simply be able to feel better about themselves. A program to give a student the tools to defend themselves against bullying.
I wish I could say I have the answers, but I don't. As parents I think we look at our children through rose colored glasses. But I would hope that educators would be able to see if a child in their class was withdrawn or looking solemn. Maybe an indicator that the child would benefit with a talk to a counselor. Who really knows all the answers? But I do believe it's very sad when someone, whether a child or an adult, has to try and belittle another person to make themselves look good or to feel superior. How sad that that 'bully', deep down, actually also lacks self esteem.