How does bullying start? Sherri wrote in her last blog that bullying is present in our society in many places. She gives examples where adults are bullying other adults as well as children. And her observations certainly make a lot of sense. People learn bullying by example.
What often comes before bullying besides the example set? I think criticism is the precursor of bullying. Adults - and teens - will criticism someone harshly and then wait to see how they respond. People who are intimidated by harsh criticism can become a target for bullying. And once the bullying has occurred, the victim may be so demoralized that he does not ask for help.
Teaching our teen about criticism - what is healthy criticism and what is not - is important. And remember, our teens usually learn best by watching us.