Bullying is a recurring topic we learn about throughout our lives. Every person has experienced bullying in one form or another. It is important to note that many people have been on multiple ends of bullying, whether as the aggressor or victim. With children, it is important not to immediately label them as aggressors or victims without full knowledge of the situations occurring among other kids. Many parents assume that their child would never be a bully. They get defensive over their children regardless of how the original bullying situation panned out. It is important to go into the bullying conversation with an open mind with your kids. Be aware that they could very well have the capacity to be a “bully” to another child. As much as a parent does not want this to be the case, it is important to have this awareness, and to figure out what steps to take to mitigate this from happening to their children. Educate your kids about the effects bullying can have on the lives of others. Teach them about the harm peer pressure can do, and not to fall for it, especially in circumstances that can result in bullying. Teach them to stand up for a victim of bullying, whether that be directly to the aggressor, or indirectly by addressing the situation with any present authorities. Understand that a situation may come where your child may be accused of bullying. If this ever happens, try your best not to be defensive, and evaluate the situation. Emotions and stress can cause erratic behavior. Be sure to figure out the root of your child’s behavior and to start from there. Once the initial problem is found, bullying will be much easier to fix.