Why prevention begins with knowing what is and isn't bullying

03/14/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Parents, educators and lawmakers need to be wary of labeling every childhood conflict "bullying" because overuse of the term makes it seem like it is an impossible problem to solve, author and journalist Emily Bazelon writes in this opinion article. Using a proper definition of the term -- repetitive, physical or verbal abuse by someone with more power or status than the victim -- is a good starting point for enacting effective bullying prevention programs, she writes.

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