Children, during there years in elementary school, are dependent on one another for “companionship, advice, and self-validation” (Bojczyk, Shriner, & Shriner, 2012, Chapter 8.5). Moreover, “peer relations provide a context for self-understanding and learning how to relate to others” (Bojczyk et al., 2012, Chapter 8.5). Bullying is a horrible thing. It can take place at school or at the workplace. Bullying can be physical or verbal. In addition, it can affect the bully, the victim, as well as the witnesses to it. “Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide. It is important to talk to kids to determine whether bullying—or something else—is a concern” ("Effects," n.d.). Many times it can be difficult to know who is being bullied, or who the bully is. Therefore, in schools, it is vital that teachers begin their year off letting the children know that bullying is wrong and will not be tolerated. This can be done through classroom activities that show the students how to prevent bullying, while also showing how to prevent students from becoming “the bully”.
The “looking glass self’ is defined as a psychological concept that explains how someone can grow from the society’s interpersonal interactions, in addition to the perception they get from other people (Kenny, 2007). For example, with Antonio, who uses a written message to express his feelings about wanting to stop being “the bully”, hence, become one of “the good kids”? This essay that he gave to his teacher can be referred to as his ‘looking glass self’. In Antonio’s