The Best Way to Stop Bullying Is to Teach Empathy

Following a rash of tragic suicides by bullied adolescents and teenagers, schools around the world have devoted more attention to trying to prevent bullying from happening in the first place. Though schools have experimented with a number of different approaches to reduce bullying, research hasn’t been able to verify that these programs are actually successful at changing social dynamics.

Finally, however, researchers at UCLA have identified one specific course of action that seems to actually make a difference: providing kids with empathy and intervention training.

According to the data, schools that take this approach can have as little as one-half the rate of bullying that occurs at schools with bullying programs that focus on convincing would-be bullies to not be so cruel.