Now seems a good time to kick-start this conversation and see what others think.
I agree with @HalleysComet that there seems to be a tendency to apply the word bullying to behaviours that may have been called mean or unkind, in the past. I wonder if this is due to teachers and schools feeling that parents will pay attention if they say "those kids are being bullies" rather than "those kids aren't being nice". That parents might be more inclined to intervene when the B word is used but they will write it off as "kids being kids' if it's called something else.
I'm interested to hear what others think but I believe that parents of kids who have experienced bullying behaviour will say that it goes far beyond kids just not being nice to each other.
Is there a risk of watering down the impact of the term if we over-apply it?
I'm keen to hear what others think.
@Maggiemay @LovingThruBlue @Elena @CareBear and @taokat ?
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