Kids who are bullied should hit back with their fists, according to an overseas expert.
American human behavioural specialist Dr John Demartini also believes parents should not be so over-protective of their children.
"You have to teach the child the truth. If you teach them a fantasy world where we are all meant to be nice and get along, they will not appreciate how life really is," Dr Demartini told news.com.au.
And Kiwi parenting guru and co-founder of Parents Inc Ian Grant agrees.
Grant told the New Zealand Herald a generation of Kiwi children were being raised as "Peter Pans" who were easy targets for bullies.
"What's happened in our modern world is that we have welded words. So if you say violence, people think it's cruel and evil," Grant said.
"But sometimes you've got to stand up for yourself, and if that means hitting somebody else, I don't have any issue with that."
But some anti-bullying experts have condemned the advice of 'hitting back' at bullies.
Secondary Principals' Association president Patrick Walsh said it was a dangerous message to send to students.
"All that does is import the law of the jungle into the school, where might is right and where violence becomes a justified means to solve your disputes," he said.
Walsh said more emphasis was now put on developing resilience among victims, and ensuring they reported bullying and kept doing so until action was taken.
Associate professor in clinical psychology at the University of Auckland Dr Ian Lambie said any idea that violence could be a solution to violence was outdated.
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