Empathy key to ending bullying

Bullying is not an epidemic; it’s a behaviour that can be changed.


..The key to ending bullying, in Bazelon’s view, is to foster empathy in individuals.


One basic thing is to use stories, because kids really will respond to different characters and thinking about how a child in a book is being treated,” Bazelon said. “Sometimes it’s easier for them to see all the different sides and the way in which a kid is being wounded when it’s not a story that involves them directly.”


Bazelon said school administrators should be actively reminding students that bullying behaviour is atypical.