Where bullies go when they grow up

I couldn’t sleep and was watching a CNN special on school bullying with Anderson Cooper. One of his guests was Dr. Phil, which eventually had me changing the channel, but not before I caught a panel of teens talking about the role of adults in the bully formula. It turns out if teens trust the adults to act, they will be more apt to approach them about a bully.

And then I started surfing and the remote found it’s way to one of the Housewives episodes. I have long since given up on who the characters are, but there were two of the housewives and their “gay friend” snarking about another housewife and her taste in shoes and attire.

It seems when bullies grow up and graduate high school, they find their way onto reality TV and proudly show the teens how right they were to not trust them.

Very sad.


4 Replies to “Where bullies go when they grow up”

  1. Now that I’ve gotten older I can say that at times during my teen years, I was a bully. It was never physical but emotional bullying and honestly I think that’s the worst kind of all. I’m ashamed of that now and if I could I would say sorry to those people I yelled at and belittled. But, when you’re a teen you don’t think of consequences or the worst possible scenario that your actions may cause. You think of self gratification and looking “cool” and that’s about it. I don’t think it can be stressed enough that parents have to make their children aware of the horror stories you see on the news because of bullying. Look at Columbine, look at the Rutgers University student who took his own life because someone decided to “out” him on the internet. I wish I could say that these are isolated incidents but they are becoming all too common.

  2. This current generation of parents are the kids of parents who felt it more important to build self-esteem rather than teach boundaries, so I fear that now that these kids who have never been told “no” have kids, they do not have the skills to teach their kids what is and is not appropriate. You see it everywhere you look; adults throwing tantrums along with their kids in the grocery aisles, the line at a movie theatre, the principal’s office, at high school football/soccer games…. Reality TV makes for great entertainment, but at what cost? When all kids see are parents acting up and doing a “in your face” Omarosa attack at every minor conflict, where are they to turn for guidance in proper behavior?

  3. Hmmm…. he is somewhat of a bully, isn’t he? I just object to him being an “expert” on bullying when he clearly has no clue. He just says what “common sense parents” want to hear about what they think they know about bullying. Like Sanjay Gupta does with medical or health insurance analysis. More dangerous Pablum knowledge than anything.

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