Tough Kids, Tougher Calls

When your child is picked on, your urge is to phone the bully's parents. Should you do it?

Not long after the telephone was invented, I assume, a call was placed. The caller was a parent saying, "Your child is bullying my child, and I want it stopped!" The bully's parent replied, "You must have the wrong number. My child is a little angel."

A trillion phone calls later, the conversation is the same. When children are teased or tyrannized, the parental impulse is to grab the phone and rant. But these days, as studies show bullying on the rise and parental supervision on the decline, researchers who study bullying say that calling moms and dads is more futile...

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