Bullying is the hot topic, with politicians and experts pontificating. As usual when there is a hot topic, righteous platitudes and half-truths are uttered. In the matter of bullying, ultimately the children will be victimized.
Politicians and educators have created a situation where just about any conduct can be called bullying, such as being deep in thought and not answering another child who says “Hi!”
What is wilfully ignored is that any child who claims to have a history of being bullied, or whose parents make that claim, usually has a deeper problem which makes it difficult for that child to get along with others. And instead of making an effort to discern that problem and deal with it, the troubled child is left to provoke situations which it can then interpret and report as being bullied.
But in the adult world one has to be able to get along with other people, to keep jobs, to have friends. Children who complain about being bullied, and who have parents that make such complaints, and who are not helped to examine those alleged incidents of bullying and their own attitudes so that they learn to make themselves more agreeable, are set up for severe problems and failure as adults.