What to do about the "boys will be boys" bullying excuse

What to do about the "boys will be boys" bullying excuse
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What to do about the "boys will be boys" bullying excuse

There's a common phrase, "boys will be boys." I think that's just a way of not wanting to address the problem. Boys will be boys and it's okay for them to be in sports and enjoy each other's company, but boys will be boys is not an excuse for kids to be physical with each other. It's like an excuse. Parents will say, "Well, we are preparing them." What are we preparing them for, combat? Often teasing and bullying have a very, very close alignment and many will want to pass off the fact, "Oh, we were just teasing." Well, it's only teasing if two people are laughing. If only one person is laughing, it's not teasing. Of course, the word "bullying" gets to be deluded a bit further and people won't have to face the consequences of it.


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Alexandra Penn, founder of Champions Against Bullying and author of the award winning Disney Parent-to-Parent, Ministry of Education recommended CD-ROM, The No-Nonsense Guide To Kids’ Bullying Solutions, is a leading expert on School Bullying/Youth Violence. Her workshops for kids, parents and educators are loaded with Preventive Strategies, Intervention Techniques and Immediate Practical solutions. Alexandra is an Internationally Certified Trainer in Youth Violence Prevention, a Crisis Intervention Specialist, a Parent Coach, an accomplished writer and editor, a dynamic workshop leader, keynote speaker, mother of two and founding member of the Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention in Canada. A former counselor in Special Ed at the Board of Education, Alexandra's breakthrough with an autistic child initiated a video used as a teaching tool at the world-renowned Clarke Institute of Psychiatry.

Alexandra maintains, “children’s mental health is directly linked to their academic success and removing the obstacles that impede learning, such as fear, are crucial. Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders – our leaders. It’s up to all of us to decide how we want them to evolve. Kids need our help. They can’t fix it themselves. Let’s make it happen!”

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