Words Can and Do Hurt: Tips for Handling Name-Calling

Karen Klein

Israel “Izzy” Kalman is a school psychologist and creator of Bullies 2 Buddies, a program which helps children learn to solve their own problems. “They need to become empowered and learn how to handle mean people and name-calling. When a sibling or person begins to say things like: ‘You’re an idiot or ‘Hey stupid!’—give it right back to them—“You know, you’re right, I do stupid things every day… I’m human.’ You have to teach children how to get along with mean people.  They need to be equipped with the tools to handle name-calling.”