Not literally, Taylor. When you empathize with another person, you are able to understand what they feel – you see the world from their point of view, and feel something for them. empathy is an amazing weapon against all this “stuff” you guys are talking about. It is what distinguishes a bully from a leader. Ever notice that people who bully are often popular? After all, they have power. Many of them can be very personable to teachers and adults. Sometimes people who bully are even protected by teachers because they are star athletes or lead characters in a play.
To help prevent bullying and to help you deal with bullying we have created this section. It will include:
· What is bullying
· Who is the bully? Victim? Bystander?
· What to do if you are being bullied
· What to do if you are the person who does the bullying
· What to do if you are the bystander
· Why people bully
· How to help a person who bullies
We also have two Bonus YSS sections: Additional resources and a bullying story for discussion (or just serious contemplation). We also have an entirely different section on Cyber-bullying Please check that one out, too.
But, because self-awareness is the first step toward self-understanding and improvement, please think about the role that the self plays in bullying prevention first.
POST QUESTION: What do you think is the #1 reason people bully?