The Bridge meets with anti-bullying groups throughout the school year at several of our area’s schools. These group discussions not only serve as a positive reinforcement of the anti-bullying policies already put in place by the school administration, but can also offer students some different perspectives on the topic of bullying. Students, usually about eight, meet with a representative from The Bridge for one hour, once a week, for four weeks, to discuss bullying issues at their school. Students are referred to the groups by the administration. Some may have been accused of bullying and/or may have been disciplined for bullying. Some may have been victims of bullying. Some are anti-bullying student advocates. Together, they talk. Cyber-bullying is also discussed and videos – some made by actual victims of bullying – are viewed and discussed. The most important lesson taught is one of empathy. The goal is to try and make students understand and think about how they might feel if someone treated them the way they may have treated one of their classmates. (Some might call it “The Golden Rule 101.”) The groups also offers anti-bullying student advocates the chance to solidify their place as leaders of their school and learn more about how to help make sure their school is a place where everyone feels both safe and welcome.