And the more chronic it is the hard it will be to make it stop. As unpleasant as this is we need to start telling kids the truth and give them the real tools they need to stop this problem.
None of us should be afraid of bullies. Their behavior is predictable and easy to control. So don’t suffer anymore and don’t allow your child to suffer. Teach them what they need to learn and help them master these skills. They and you will be glad you did.