Wow, I watched this video and it teared me up. I guess there’s some pain in my life from some bullying I experienced as a youngster. I didn’t have a lot of bullying, but there was some.
With so much media attention on bullying over the last few years, I just keep getting surprised why this is still such a big issue.
As I try to think of reasons why bullying is still such an issue, one of the reasons I believe is because of our new media tools such as texting and Facebook. Things go “viral” really quickly (is that redundant?). My professor at school stated that a major issue in schools today is dating violence which is perpetuated because the girls have a fear of reporting it. They fear if they report it there will be a backlash on Facebook, being labeled as a “whore” or something worse.
I believe another issue is the proliferation in our culture of trying to prank others that is seen in TV shows or movies (e.g. punk’d, pwned,…).
And obviously the age-old technique of tearing others down in order to try to make yourself feel better.
But what other reasons do you think why bullying is such an issue in the schools still? Agree with my thoughts?
UPDATE: Here, this woman brings up the issue with the internet very well: