Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers

“Various studies show that the more empathy a child displays, the less likely they are to engage in bullying, online and in real life. Empathic children and adolescents are more likely to engage in positive social behaviors, like sharing or helping others. They’re also less likely to be antisocial and exhibit uncontrolled aggressive behaviors. That’s a big reason why educators have been devoting more attention to empathy in recent years, integrating it more deeply into schools and curricula…Should we teach empathy to even the very youngest students? Can we? The answer to both questions seems to be yes– but it’s not easy.”

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