The Rise Of Anti-Bullying Experts
A new industry, aiming to address a growing epidemic in schools and online, is gaining steam in the US.
A new industry is mushrooming in America, one that is largely unregulated and is attempting to address a growing epidemic – bullying in schools, workplaces and on the Internet. The anti-bullying industry consists of psychotherapists, motivational coaches and even software, all looking to counsel people on how to avoid being bullied. But as Newsweek explains, those looking for anti-bullying prevention programs need to perform their due diligence before hiring these experts.
But, as in any industry, where expert opinions range from trained professionals to snake oil salesman, buyers of anti-bullying prevention programs need to beware. School systems should watch out for experts more concerned with slogans or banners than with interpersonal dynamics or school culture, Rosalind Wiseman [author of “Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World”] says. Even the best-intentioned parents or volunteers need to tread carefully when tackling the nuances of bullying. “This is high stakes. There is not a lot of room for mediocrity,” she adds.