Originally Posted by BIG_DADDY
I don't know about all that but kicking the crap out of someone would certainly qualify as real bullying to me. Words on the internet, not so much.
Any child who's self-esteem is that low is certainly a refection of their parents ability to raise them as well. Huge failure.
I don't disagree. It's pretty clear that parents can instill into a child the qualities that generally comprise self-esteem.
On the other hand, teen angst has always been around and depression is no respecter of status or intelligence or wealth or any of the things upon which most persons base their self-worth.
Having known several young persons who either committed suicide or self-destructed in other less dramatic ways simply due to an inability to function in normal society, I conclude that it's a very complex issue for which simple answers are hard to come by.