learning to deal with real life/human nature at a young age is most definitely valuable. people have and always will be mean, there will always be bullies, and that starts at an extremely young age, pretty much starts as soon as you get into school and are around other kids.
bullying from other kids isnt bad at a young age, you get called names, made fun of if your weird, whatever, if it gets extremely out of hand and or constant, then sure i think there is a limit and someone needs to step in and stop it. but other than that, all its doing is preparing you for a couple years down the road and pretty much the rest of your life.
bullying hasnt gotten worse, if anything its gotten better, we do so much now to attempt to prevent it, yet kids are killing themselves over it now more than ever. we have kids killing themselves over fucking text messages...
this is what i think..
kids are so damn sheltered now, any time someone makes fun of another kid its like the anti bullying squad is called in and a team is sent in to investigate. people are fucking crazy about preventing it. and they do, but eventually, kids get freedom, they do shit outside of school, outside of adult supervision, where they dont have the constant pampering of a teacher/parent. and when some kid who grew up, never having to stand up to himself, not learning how to eget made fun of and get over it, not let shit get to him etc.. gets thrown into a situation with no adults around, and gets "bullied" especially if its around the puberty age where everyone is mentally and emotionally fucked, and kids are much smarter than than they were when they were in 1st grade, and know how to be much more cruel and how to really hurt someone, its no wonder they cant deal with it, flip shit and kill themselves. you have a kid going through puberty with the emotional strength/wisdom of a 6 year old. what the fuck do you expect?
i saw bullying like crazy when i was in grade school, JH, and HS, but i NEVER heard of someone killing themselves, not once in my 12 years. and now in my same town with pretty much the same population its always been, i hear of at least one or two a year. yet now we have all this anti bullying shit in place.
i was bullied myself, pretty much constantly from 1st-4th grade, and i will say it definitely was good for me, i was a weird kid, super overly shy, could hardly function around other kids, and i just had to sack up, defend myself, get over my problem and learn how to be around other people and deal with shit, it made me a better person for sure.