We can all agree that school bullying is a terrible phenomenon. It leads to self-esteem issues, learning problems, and as we’ve all learned, sometimes a parent’s worst nightmare. And while we’re all for anti-bullying policies, legislation, and support, can anything really be done to keep kids — particularly queers — safe in schools?
Yes. But it’s an imperfect solution. And gee whiz, it might require some real work!
Alan E. Kazdin (a former American Psychological Association president and current Yale child psychiatry professor) and Carlo Rotella (director of American studies at Boston College) have a fantastic guide that’s not just about stopping bullies and preventing new victims, but understanding who these people are, and why certain kids act this way. Full story.