Bullying or Normal Peer Conflict?
"Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me." Certainly you have heard the adage, however we know it's not true. Words and actions can and do hurt, often times leaving emotional scars well into adulthood. But isn't it normal for kids to pick on each other? Isn't this a rite of passage that all children experience?
All children are subject to occasional teasing behavior or aggression. Social skills are developmental. Children gain a greater capacity for empathy, compromise and kindness to others as they mature cognitively and emotionally. Some children are repeatedly targeted. This is not normal peer conflict. The latter is referred to as bullying.
So whose problem is it? Often times bullying is viewed as a school issue. Research shows that bullying is most often reported at or around school grounds but we also know that bullying can and does take place off school property. The Lee's Summit School District has many resources and programs in place at the schools to address this issue. Our desire is to support these efforts by providing parents with a forum to discuss bullying and to receive sound information and resources.