Stop bullying, help teens redirect aggression

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Bullying is gaining national attention after some extreme cases involving victims committing suicide.

According to the National Institutes of Health, the biomedical research arm of the federal government, 30% of US students in grades six through ten are involved in bullying.

Studies are being done across the nation on how to get adolescents and teens to redirect their anger and frustration. 

The aggression and meanness that kids display toward another student, psychiatrists say it often is a result of a student wanting to fit in with a group and they bully because the group feels it's cool.  

Psychologist Wendy Walsh, describes the bullies as having low-self esteem, missing social cues and are trying to self-identify with a group.

Advice for victims, Walsh recommends that you form an alliance with people who love you and accept you for who you are. 

The solution to stop the bullying, she says kids need to be taught how to have compassion and empathy for others.

Pilots studies are being conducted in Canada on adolescents  by taking them into day cares so they can imagine what the babies are feeling with they're crying or hitting as an attempt teach compassion.

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