It seems lately bullying and cyber bullying has been plastered all over the news, talk shows and those late night news specials. As I watch these shows I can't help but notice how strongly opinionated people are on both sides of this issue. It seems you have those who say ''just ignore bullys'', ''if you ignore it they will stop''. Then you have those who think that bullies should not be tolerated and every small incident should be addressed.
But what is the reality of either of these things working to combat problems? I can't answer that with the experience of a teacher who may have had issues with bullying in the class room. However I can give my perspective based on the fact that I was a student once and have witnessed it first hand.
We all know how hard it is to just ignore a bully, words hurt and more times than not the bullying goes further than just words. But we also know that when an adult gets involved it can also only make the problem worse. So what do we do to fix this? Can we have strict no tolerance policies in our schools? Do students always have the courage to report it?
I don't know the answers to these questions and the scariest part of the whole issue is that kids are losing their lives because they can't handle the everyday torture that their aggressors put them through.
One common piece of all this is that many parents and educators share the belief that cyber bullying between classmates should be reprimanded at school. They believe that even though it doesn't happen at school it could be combated by punishment through the school system. Do you think it is fair to punish for something that happens outside of school?