Students Are 'Meanest Ever,' Says Bullying Expert Malcolm Smith

02/07/2011 03:07 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire educator and bullying expert who calls himself a "family scientist" says children in school today are the "meanest ever" and they have more ways than ever to express that meanness.

Malcom Smith of the University of New Hampshire's Cooperative Extension Service spoke Thursday in Portsmouth.

Smith says some studies show that up to half of all public school students are subject to bullying.

Smith says repeat bullies have a deficit in social learning and are missing basic values like manners, civility and kindness. He says they think they are better than others. He says it's due to a lack of supervision.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Smith says parents, educators and the community can fight bullying by teaching values like respect, compassion, realistic expectations of others.


Information from: Portsmouth Herald,