Kids swim in a culture of mean, and this meanness can lead to contempt for others which can lead to bullying, says Barbara Coloroso, parenting expert and author of several books on bullying. This mean culture is apparent today in our increasing societal tolerance of things like put-down jokes and political attack ads. caught up with Coloroso at the Reading for the Love of It conference, and she spoke to us about why bullying persists. In these videos, she discusses the culture of mean, the pervasiveness of cyberbullying, how to break down bullying and what kids need to learn to prevent cyberbullying.

In this video, she discusses the idea that contempt is what allows people to do mean things to each other, and it is that ability to de-humanize that makes it a short walk from schoolyard bullying to hate-crimes and genocide.