Bullying is everywhere. I think we have to face that. In order to combat this terrible epidemic, we have to face just how insidious it really is. I believe one of the things that makes bullying so difficult to combat is that we are not discussing that bullying works. And if it works, bullies grow up to be bullies. There are bullies in the workplace, in the home and in government.
Ontario has Bill 168 to help make schools safe. Some US states have similar laws outlawing it. There is no similar law in the UK. But let's be clear, all of these target child bullies acting in schoolyards. Bullying can occur in any context in which human beings interact with each other. Which means, that these laws should target any bully in society.
It is only with the terrible acts of bullying that have resulted in murder or suicide, in the last 10 years or so, that have brought "lower-level forms of violence" such as bullying to media attention. In turn, researchers, parents and guardians, and authority figures are beginning to address the problem.