We all have our images of what or who a bully may be. It can be that guy who thinks he’s “all that” and treats everyone like crap, or that girl…

We all have our images of what or who a bully may be. It can be that guy who thinks he’s “all that” and treats everyone like crap, or that girl who starts rumors about anyone she doesn’t approve of. And honestly, no matter what culture you come from, it’s bound to happen (albeit in different forms). We can ask all we want about why bullying starts in the first place, but that can only go so far in actually addressing the after-effects of bullying on its victims and culprits.   The stance some parents take on bullying isn’t something I agree with. The after-effects of bullying can take a long time to get over, so for those parents who just brush off their child’s bullying of someone else or the bullying of their child as something that doesn’t need to be addressed aren’t really seeing what bullying can do to someone.   And then sometimes, parents themselves are the bullies. But whatever the case, bullying often leads to low self-esteem (and often other problems).   As for the rest of us, we don’t take enough of an initiative to stand up for those who get bullied. Sometimes we even join in on the taunting for people “who deserve it”. Whatever that’s supposed to mean, I don’t believe anyone deserves to be bullied.   What can be done to stop bullying in the first place? Is there a way to prevent it?   – Allyson