Are we too quick to cry bully?

While bullying is a real issue that causes real damage to kids who are victimized, psychologists say the ease with which these terms are thrown around is actually hurting the same children we want to protect, reported Nov. 15. . . . One of Canada’s leading experts on childhood aggression and victimization, Debra Pepler, says creating restrictive legislation around bullying sends another wrong message, which should be about improving education, not punishment. “Does isolating a child and sending him or her home for a week or two teach that child anything?” asked Pepler, a York University psychology professor. “It really doesn’t.” Read full story.