“Bullying” Has Little Resonance with Teenagers | DMLcentral
November 18, 2010 § Leave a comment
Bullying has gotten a lot of attention recently. On our campus, there have been several recent events devoted to stopping and preventing bullying. This post is interesting, in that it examines the teen’s perception of the behavior labeled as “bullying” by adults.
I’m sure that many adults, and even some children and teens (particularly those who are picked on the most), understand that bullying is a problem, and understand the type of behaviors that are being referred to by this term. But I agree with the post that the majority of teens and young adults don’t really understand, and therefore ignore adult pleas. I know that the under-20 set that I know best really doesn’t get it. I also agree that technology is not the problem– it simply makes these behaviors more visible.
The idea that the problem is a lack of empathy is, I think, an accurate one. Though I really didn’t like the book Generation Me (I only made it through about 2 1/2 chapters, and felt that it was mostly complaining) and think that a lot of people fail to give the young ‘uns the credit that they are due, I do think that many young adults (as well as full-on adults) have a feeling of entitlement, which translates to a lack of ability to empathize with others.
So, this begs the question: “How do we teach children to empahize? And what do we do with teenagers and adults that have an empathy problem?”