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Thread #124679   Message #2758263
Posted By: Dave the Gnome
02-Nov-09 - 05:46 PM
Thread Name: BS: Schoolyard bullying
Subject: RE: BS: Schoolyard bullying
I agree about the sentiment, Lizzie. Bullying is bullying etc. I am not sure if MOST sub-eleven year olds (little buggers though they can be!) do it to hurt, wound, humiliate etc. I know some do, some are very manipulative and some have much older heads on their shoulders but in my own experience the majority often do not realise what they are doing. Simply explaining it is often enough to stop the activity and, conversely, explaining that not all playground rivalry, gamesmanship and competition is about bullying. Sometimes wanting to win is simply that and, although no great sportsman myself, I have no issues with winners and losers as long as it is done to the proper rules.