Transcript for 'Mean Girls'-Style Bullying Happening in Kindergarten
Okay, the mean girl phenomenon that you've been talking about this morning but i know you've all had to deal with it. And it really would go back to junior high in high school. Yes. But let's be honest -- it starts when girls start hanging out together and that's really preschool and kindergarten and one mother, enough about mean girls in her 5-year-old daughter's kindergarten class and has gone viral and becky worley has that story. This burn book where they write things about girls in our grade. Reporter: Mean girl behavior has spread from teens down to the rainbow loom set. Samantha couldn't believe it was happening to her kindergartner. Oh, my gosh, my baby, she said the girls are being mean to me. I don't want to go to school. They're not letting me play with them. I want to stay home with you. Reporter: Bullying from 5-year-olds? Vield development experts say our archetypes of sugar and spice are way out of place. You're seeing it because of the lack of face-to-face time with technology they're on screen. Reporter: Less human interaction, otherwise known as play time means they have less practice resolving issues. Another reason for pint-size power plays, entitlement. A 5-year-old girl is the queen and center of her universe. Girls find they can have power by making other girls feel badly. Reporter: Maybe even good things that have unintended consequences. I notice with my kindergarten daughter is we're empowering her, you play with legos. You can be the president of the united states and she's trying on all those powerful sensibilities. That can be messy when you don't have the emotional sophistication to handle it. Actually we saw sheryl sandberg talk about bossy girls. They're not bossy they're showing executive leadership schools. Reporter: They brought everyone together to nip it in the bud. Communicate with your child and keeping an open child communication with the teachers also. Reporter: That may have long-term benefits. For "good morning america," becky worley, abc news, san francisco. And we have asked all of you to take our "gma" flash poll. Have you seen or heard of bullying with little girls as young as kindergarten age? Watch out, everybody. 92% say yes. Really interesting to talk to the 8% who say no, quite frankly. Tweeted as well. This came from angel "talk to the teacher, their parents and replace the hurt of the mean girls' words with positivity." Probably easier said than done but very good suggestion. Melissa tweets "you have to teach your child that there are mean people in life, not to take on others' personal opinions as to what's true. Confidence". A kindergartner is still developing that. Lots to discuss and including again -- including just -- these gender specific discussions really -- I have a real hard time with moms that -- dads are worried but happens with boys too. Logan, your upcoming book "got teens," how common. 92% have seen it. How common? We're seeing it more and more and first of all we're definitely more attuned to our kids' behaviors now, the conversation about that in general, we listen, we're more involved which is a good thing, absolutely a good thing but add to that this kind of cultural -- culture of materialism and entitlement and aggression we see on reality it of with girls fighting other girls and absolutely men too and creates this weird perfect storm of confusion amongst all of our kids regardless of gender and age. What then -- aside from talking to -- talking -- what can we say to kids? I thought it was interesting melissa, the tweeter said tell your kids there are mean people in life. I mean should we be acknowledging it kind of getting out in front of it? We can acknowledge it. I have a zero tolerance policy in my house. My kids know if they ever treat someone badly or exclude someone for whatever reason I take away everything they have. I mean that's the quote. You get nothing. When you have younger I had cans do you have to deal with it differently? No, you can say you need to include people. You need to treat people nicely. Not everyone will get along with you but you need to speak up for yourself but these are the rules in our own home. That can talk -- I have two daughters and said you never be the mean girl ever. Absolutely and when you ask boys to speak up for themselves and not just that but this -- you can't treat me like this as a friend but teach them to be an up-stander, not a bystander, someone that sticks up for other people. We all call our kids just before 8:00 a.M. And last thing I say to sarina, be kind. Doctor, doctor, great to see you. It's in book stores february
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