Listen: Adolescent psychologist Collett Smart Chats to Katrina Roe about bullying and boys’ relationships
If you’ve ever been a teenager then you probably have first-hand experience of dealing with ‘mean girls’. The movie-inspired catchphrase refers to the way exclusive groups of girls play on the social power imbalance and make life miserable for others.
But a new study out of Norway has found that boys also experience social aggression, covert bullying and emotional manipulation.
And it’s not just in the playground — it can extend to sport, social media and texting, which means it doesn’t stop at the end of the school day.
Telling boys to just ‘toughen up’ isn’t the best response. Instead, knowing the signs that something is wrong, and helping boys express their emotions are some simple ways parents can help their boys navigate these toxic relationships.
Collett Smart is an adolescent psychologist who speaks into the issue of bullying and boys’ relationships in her book, They’ll be Okay.
She gave some good advice to Katrina Roe and the listeners of Hope Mornings.