Episode Thirty Four

Should Parents Be Fined for Children's Bullying?

March 14th 2014

1.5 mins

It's always been my experience that if you can't get people to do the right thing on moral grounds, you have to hit them in their pocket book. Bullying is a terrible thing for a child, and sometimes the parents of bullies ignore their children's bad behavior. What do we do as a society to tell parents of kids who are bullying other children that this has to stop? Is it sufficient to admonish them? Or do you think it would be helpful to have a civil penalty that could be imposed if these parents failed to take appropriate measures to ensure that their children, once accused, do not bully again. Parents may not be the insurers of all of the actions of their children, but once you as a parent, in my judgment, have been advised that your child is acting inappropriately, you have a responsibility to do something. If you don't do it because it's the right thing to do, you might have to do it because it's going to hit you in your pocket book. What do you think? I'd be interested in your response.

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