Was watching Cartoon Network and I noticed a half hour special came on "The Bully Effect". And I've noticed a lot of commercials on CN and Nickelodeon really pushing the whole anti-bully thing. I was bullied quite a bit through late elementary school and most of junior high. It all went away when I was in high school and joined the football team. Not because I was suddenly popular or large and strong from football, but being part of the team made most people who used to be indifferent to me or even those that bullied just stop. That and it seems that most of them matured since junior high.
I understand the verbal and physical abuse aspect. But I remembered one commercial about bullying that came on Cartoon Network, and it showed a group of girls at a lunch table, another walks up, the ones sitting refuse to let her sit with them. Then the one of the stars of a CN show says something along the lines of "Sometimes it works both ways" and it cuts to later where the girl that was shunned previously is now also shunning one of the girls that used to be at the table. Is that really a type of bullying they are trying to 'fight'? Is not being nice to someone the same as bullying?