Popular culture sends wrong messaging about bullying

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

As a teacher in the Greenwich public schools, I can tell you that the schools offer us significant information in the form of ongoing  workshops, meetings, readings and administrative support.

After being so sensitized to bullying, we send “our kids” home. Each time they sit down with their families in the evening and turn on the TV they are inundated with “reality” shows, where groups of young people gossip about each other, make fun of each other and compete to throw each other out of houses and off islands. That sure looks like bullying to me.

Our society is supporting and apparently enjoying these shows. Even a school district as fine as the one we have in Greenwich cannot counteract the effects of a strong popular culture.

Movies, TV, video games and apps need to be held accountable for the anger, meanness and violence so prevalent in young people today. Parents need to give some serious thought to this question, monitor these activities and discuss them with their children.

Saying “don’t bully” and then enjoying bullying as entertainment clearly makes no sense.


Susan Striker

The author is a teacher at Cos Cob School.

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