“Parents May be Teaching Teens to be Bullies” – CyberBully Hotline Contributor Featured in Article

By Paul Langhorst                     October 15, 2012

US News Education featured a prominent article “Parents May be Teaching Teens to be Bullies” in their October 10th issue. This article echos a post made here in which I used the trashing of Braves stadium during Cards-Braves wild card game playoff to show how bad behavior by adults is transmitted to young people.

This article also featured comments by Dr. Nicole Yetter, who is a consultant and adviser to the CyberBully Hotline. We are pleased to see Dr. Yetter being sought out and recognized for her bullying insights.

Key points from the the article: Parent Fighting Can Teach Teens Bullying

  • Students pick up on how parents talk about others, but they are also tuned into how their parents treat one another.
  • Bullying between parents can take the form of overt verbal abuse, but it can also be a more subtle over-extension of power.
  • Fostering a sense of entitlement in teens who excel academically or athletically is another way well-intentioned parents may inadvertently breed bullies.
  • Kids that never hear no, or have few rules and guidelines can contribute to bullying behavior.

Great article and support of the concept that bullying behavior is learned by kids through their parents, peers and environment.