(Scroll down and practice the strategies to handle teasing)
Children tease because someone is different and they do not understand those differences. Some tease because they enjoy doing so and they in return get attention. Others tease because they like to hurt, especially if they can get the response they are looking for. Sometimes the teaser has been teased themselves, have low self esteem, or are just ignorant to the hurt they are causing. In a classroom, role play is a good tool to promote understanding.
Teasing can happen anywhere, in your neighborhood, on a school bus, in the classroom and during recess. Unfortunately, it is difficult to prevent despite the best efforts of parents and teachers. Teaching children useful strategies will help them to deal with being teased. Anytime the teasing is persistent, the child needs to seek help from their parent or teacher.
(Practicing strategies will help a child implement them when needed. To practice, parent or teacher plays the negative role and children use a strategy in response. You can use the same scenario for each strategy).
The Meanest Thing To Say, by Bill Cosby; Younger
Children love books about Little Bill. Little Bill is taught a game where the person who says the meanest thing, wins. His Dad teaches him strategy, that helps Little Bill to save face, and remain the nice kid he really is.
Stick Up for Yourself: Every Kids Guide to Personal Power & Self Esteem, by Kaufman; Older
An ultimate resource for children who have ever been picked on, or blamed for things they didn't do. It gives real life examples and includes strategies.
Hot Issues Cool Choices , by Sandra Mcleod Humphrey; Parents and Teachers
A book that will help to empower parents and teachers to help children with the challenges
of being bullied and peer pressure.