Anti-bullying campaigns and prevention efforts have garnered increasing amounts of attention with the widespread access to the Internet. This surge has faulted social media sites and cyber interaction for becoming a stomping ground where big, bad bullies are hiding behind aliases and seemingly avoiding consequence.
However, by definition, bullying is far from new and, formerly, almost inescapable. It can happen to anyone at any time. The emotional and physical effects of bullying can shape the way we feel about our peers and ourselves. The act of bullying, like many social cancers, is vague and difficult to recognize by default.
Yet, the government gives it structure as follows; according to stopbullying.gov the definition of bullying is: “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.”
It is vital that we define Bullying and establish consistency so that we may unite in understanding. We are called to educate ourselves to better ourselves – find out what Minnesota law covers when it comes to bullying:
Is this enough? Or is “Minnesota Nice” allowing us to get away with being mean?