Bullying: It Isn't What It Used To Be

Selekman, Janice; Vessey, Judith A.
May 2004
Pediatric Nursing;May/Jun2004, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p246
Academic Journal
The article discusses the concept of bullying among today's youth. The National Association of School Nurses has defined bullying as dynamic and repetitive persistent patterns of verbal and/or non-verbal behaviors directed by one or more children on another child that are intended to deliberately inflict physical, verbal, or emotional abuse in the presence of a real or perceived power differential. Bullying occurs anywhere there is an absence of adults. Kids learn to engage in these behaviors under the radar of adult supervision, the most common locations for bullying to occur include to and from school, on the bus, in the cafeteria, in the halls, at the lockers, in the gym locker room, and on the playground. Bullying first must be tackled at the group level and involve the whole school community, since it is a collective responsibility. Curricula that emphasize conflict resolution and empathy training may be of help. Policies also must be in place with consequences for bullying clearly articulated and be consistently applied in response to specific bullying incidents.


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