Any child has the potential to engage in bullying behavior. As a therapist, I tend to think that most bullying occurs by kids who are struggling with self-esteem and empathy, but research indicates that kids often engage in bullying due to peer pressure as well. Bullying gives kids who feel badly about themselves an opportunity to feel powerful, and often is the result of an inability to think about the feelings of others.
As such, I want to talk about how to help our children develop empathy, which I believe to be one of the best ways to discourage cruel behavior towards other children.
Via Edwin Rutsch