Prevent Bullying

Bullying happens among people throughout their life span. As adult caregivers/educators, we cannot hear everything or be present to intervene in all that is said or done among groups or pairs of children in our care. I believe that the impulse to enjoy being mean to others in all its forms is innate to human nature. If we cannot prevent bullying from happening, then what can be done? I feel we must help children to understand what constitutes bullying so they can recognize it at once. We must help children make the effort to stand up for themselves, speak out (this can be practiced with puppets), tell the teacher, or walk away.