The Infamous “Just-Joking”-after-criticizing phenomena is used and abused by kids and adults alike.
Using these two words “Just Kidding” to excuse your bullying, is no excuse. It’s a cop-out, a way for people to be cruel and feel fine about it. There is NO excuse for being cruel.
Let me criticize you, belittle you, and then make it okay because I toss out two little words afterwards. This is a societal pink elephant in the room that needs to be addressed in schools, at home, and in the workplace. We typically don't address “Just Joking bullying” because we’ve all fallen prey to it. Our suggestion?