Too often, we confuse peer conflict with bullying and vice versa.
It’s important to know what the difference is because this can lead to situations where we’re not letting kids be kids and work it out, or we’re not realizing the severity of the situation when we could step in and help out.
What is Peer Conflict?
In speaking with some of the leaders from Dare to Care, they told me if I only had a few minutes to speak about bullying, that I should make sure that I talk about what the definition of bullying is. I think kids don’t realize sometimes and instead of telling a teacher they’re being bullied, they keep quiet about it, telling themselves that it’s just teasing or their friends having fun with them, when in reality it’s much more than that.
I think it’s important for us as adults to understand the definition because it will help us assess a situation that we either see or hear about more effectively and help us make the right choice about what should be done.