Watch how Azlen Theobald explain the importance of empathy training in enhancing empathetic feelings and understanding of others which helps in increasing pro-social behaviors. This typically happens around the 6th or 7th grade where the child develops the capacity to understand the perspectives of one another and can imagine what others are thinking and feeling.
We can increase a child’s empathy by starting with good examples at home where we adopt a model that prioritizes caring, encourage passionate perspective taking, and also practice patience.
Teachers can also adopt empathy training themselves by being aware of students' non-verbal cues and following up on them, asking for students' feedback when setting rules in the classroom, or by creating opportunities through charades and role play where they can try and understand someone else’s perspectives.
You can best address bullying behaviors by knowing the bullying policy of your school district, contacting the teacher and then going up the line to the superintendent and principal, and lastly by being aware of the state policy regarding bullying.