This is a very good article written by Signe Whitson, a child and adolescent therapist. It draws distinctions between behaviours that are rude, mean or bullying.
I think that we, as parents, often jump to too quickly to define rudeness or mean behaviour as bullying. If we can identify the differences between what is rude, what is mean and what is bullying, we can then teach our children appropriate coping mechanisms with which to deal with each of these behaviours.
Here is Signe’s article. Rude, Mean or Bullying?
What do you think?