Child Development Academician Says Bullying Is Beneficial To Kids

by Tanya Thomas on  February 2, 2009 at 10:03 AM Child Health News
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An academician has reportedly opined that children are actually benefited if they are victims of bullying. She has, since, drawn flak for her comments.
Child Development Academician Says Bullying Is Beneficial To Kids
Child Development Academician Says Bullying Is Beneficial To Kids

Helene Guldberg, associate lecturer in child development at the Open University suggests that bullying can help students to learn how to manage disputes and boost their ability to interact with others.

In an article on Spiked website, Guldberg urged teachers not to break up "boisterous banter or everyday playground disputes" and let children handle it themselves.

She said that the "obsession" with bullying among teachers and politicians was depriving children of the "experiences they need to develop".

However, her idea was panned by anti-bullying campaigners.

Despite the government's crackdown on attacks and intimidation, almost half of children still claim they are bullied at school.

"Teachers are increasingly lumbered with the task of looking after children's health and wellbeing rather than being allowed to get on with the task of educating them," the Telegraph quoted Guldberg as saying.

"Children are encouraged to assume their relationships with other children are damaging, and tacitly encouraged to look upon their peers with trepidation and suspicion.

"If we treat children as if they cannot possibly cope with hurtful experiences, then we will likely undermine their confidence and make them less likely to cope with difficult events in the future.

"In effect, we will prevent them from growing up," she added.

Source: ANI

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Helene Guldberg, associate lecturer:

I would sure like to know of what you base this suggestion on. In view of Olweus, D. [1993]. and 40 years of research, I find it hard to understand why you make a suggestion of no more worth then a year old weather report for Mars.



I learned that no matter what school I went to, there will always be a bully. I learned how to stand up for myself. I learned there was something in MY OWN BEHAVIOR that made me a target. I also: Grew up learned when to hold 'em; when to fold 'em became more confident understood opposition understood my strengths  After being bullied for so long by so many, I learned how to turn my outward appearance into something that reflected my inner peace. And since then, I have had very few problems. I fear that too many people will focus on the few freak stories about suicides and such, and not see the truth. The truth is, guardians can help kids deal with bullying. Ultimately, they will learn that all change comes from within. Banning something you don't know how to deal with is stupid and eventually our society will paint us into a corner of bans and all sorts of loss of creative solutions and mind power. It is sad and terrible that some children felt they couldn't talk to anyone the whole time they were being bullied and then lashed out right before taking their life. But, there is a much larger problem behind that, and forcing teachers to act as police is not a good way of going about solving problems that need to be dealt with on individual bases.


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