The Power of Empathy vs. The Power of Bullies

How would you feel if that happened to you?” If bystanders can truly understand what it’s like to be a victim of bullying, they are more likely to intervene, offer support, or seek help.


This question opens the door to teaching children about empathy. Empathy is recognizing, understanding and caring about how someone feels, or being able to “put yourself in someone’s shoes. “Treat others the way you want to be treated” is the modified golden rule that conveys empathy.


Empathy is a key ingredient in families, friendships and other relationships. How can empathy reduce teasing and bullying? How can empathy weaken the power of bullies?


Judy S. Freedman, M.S.W.