“At our very core, as human beings, we’re social animals,” said Debra Pepler, a researcher and scientist with York University and the Hospital for Sick Children. “We really can’t survive without connections to other people.”
A leading expert on bullying, Pepler says unkind children are put at a “huge disadvantage.”
“(They) end up on the margins of the social group, where it’s very difficult to learn those skills, because they’re not with the children that have those skills. They’re actually with other children like themselves.”
To counteract that, programs have sprung up like Roots of Empathy, an Ontario-based program that teaches schoolchildren across the world emotional literacy.