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Letter home tonight from the high school my daughter attends...
"In the last few weeks there has been an increase in the number of incidents reported to staff concerning nastiness from other girls in school. This cruel behaviour involves BBM, Facebook and emails in addition to direct verbal comments and indirect comments, for example in the repeating of rumours.
In form time and assemblies, girls are made aware that actions involving both direct and indirect involvement can be hurtful and upsetting to others. One aspect of these discussions focussed upon the fact that bystanders in bullying can very often make situations worse and then they become just as much to blame as the initial person carrying out the bullying.
I would encourage you to talk to your daughter about this issue as some pupils routinely get involved in disagreements that they have nothing to with and take sides with friends about disagreements that they may have had and then actively make situations worse by discussing these with other people. These behaviours result in rumours being created and conversations going on after school, via the use of technology which can only make the situation worse"
My first thought was "hold the front page. "Teenage girls in bitch fest shock". If I cast my mind back to when I was at school we were exactly the same, in so much as Sharon would call Tracey a slag and then we'd decide if Sharon was right or if we felt sorry for Tracey and we'd all make a big thing about which side we were on and then there might be a fight.
Now we have this bloody BBM, which I don't understand but seems to be the lifeblood of a teen and they act as though you've slit their throats at the mere suggestion that they put the Blackberry down for a minute.
So IS it worse now or has the school had it's head in the sand? I think the written word is pretty powerful and much harder to erase once it's in print for all to see, but I don't know what you guys think. Nastiness is not a 21 century phenomenon is it?
Your thoughts please.