Family Connections – 093013
Dr. Susan Porter joins Family Connections for a stimulating discussion about the negative labels of bullying. Author of The Bully Nation: Why America’s Approach to Childhood Aggression is Bad for Everyone, Dr. Porter challenges our use of ‘bully’ language, including the ‘bully’, ‘victim’, and ‘bystander’. Dr. Porter explains why these terms, and antii-bullying legislation harm children’s ability to develop better communication, problem-solving, and social skills. Dr. Porter believes the zero tolerance anti-bullying legislation is a punitive and fixed mindset that unfairly labels children, is often developmentally insensitive, and doesn’t respond realistically to childhood social problems. This episode of Family Connections is compelling and timely, since October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and it causes us to ponder whether our current mindset is actually helping kids.