Whether sassy, snippy, spiteful or plain old stuck-up, there has always been a nasty girl culture. But today, “mean girls” are far more brutal than anything you may have experienced. And the emotional cruelty—from bossiness and verbal assaults to alienation and physical intimidation—peaks during the tween years. Each day, bully fears prompt 160,000 kids to skip school according to the National Education Association. What can you do? Be aware. Here is everything you need to know about the new bullying trends.
Dr. Michele Borba is the author of Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me.