WASHINGTON - Bullying happens everywhere - at schools, in the workplace, and even online. No one is immune. To recognize National Bullying Prevention Month, FOX 5 spoke with Peter Braverman, founder of the group ARC Professional Development.
Braverman says there are some things that need to be worked out by the kids themselves. "But bullying is a different thing," he said.
"Because bullying is marked by a pattern of behavior that's directed at somebody and in which the person directing that behavior takes a lot of pleasure. And that's really just not a healthy behavior."
So what do we tell our children to do?
Braverman suggests focusing on observations and data. Specific examples of what is occurring help identify the behavior and make it easier for teachers and counselors to see what’s going on.
Braverman also says that during an instance of bullying, the bystander often times is in a position of power and is able to step in and help.
For more information on bullying, visit these websites: http://www.stompoutbullying.org/index.php/campaigns/national-bullying-prevention-awareness-month/ | http://www.arcpd.com/