I think that it’s outright dangerous to get so lost in our mission to combat bullying that we stop looking into the mirror. What are the norms that we set for young people when we talk poorly about our friends, family, neighbors, or colleagues at the dinner table? When we engage in road rage while driving? Why is it that we accept – if not encourage – meanness in our political sparring? Or on our TV talk shows? Why do marketers put their money behind reality TV shows that propagate the value of relationship drama as entertainment? Look around at the society we’ve created and it’s filled with harshness. To top it off, look at how much we pressure our youth, particularly middle class youth. Hyper-competition starts early and is non-stop.
An excerpt from: danah boyd | apophenia » Four Difficult Questions Regarding Bullying and Youth Suicide. danah’s comments about adults, behaviour and modeling are important to consider – and act on. What do you think? Read the entire post, and if you do not follow danah’s blog, well, you should.