Bullying takes place outside of the lessons (with a smirk or a taunt), in places not policed by teachers (the bathrooms and change rooms) and even outside the school grounds (on the computer or at parties), and it gains momentum with an audience. Bullying is also not confined to the behaviour of children.
Bullying is quite an issue in schools these days. There is no doubt about that. Some people think it's a problem, some think it's just kids being kids, and others take a middle ground saying yes it can be a problem but it is best to let the kids sort it out.
I wrote in a post a few weeks ago that bullying must be defined. Everyone knows what it is, when he is being bullied but few know what it is when asked to stop doing it.
In the last two years, the Ontario government created Bill 168 . This legislation is designed to keep schools safe. All bullying that goes on whether at school or after (that affects the students, or staff) must be reported to the principal. The idea is that the principal will have all the information needed to make decisions that are appropriate to the situation.
I applaud the implementation of Bill 168 because it is a good start at tackling the problem. But it is only a start...
What do you think?