Amid new state bullying laws, author Gary Stevens spoke with children at the Ridgewood Library to help them understand what is, and isn't, bullying as well as what they could do to stop it.
Stevens, who has helped children build their self esteem through martial arts — he owns a — read the children's book he wrote "If I Called You a Hippopotamus," about the silliness of name calling.
"Teasing isn't funny if you're the only one laughing," Stevens told the approximately 40 kids in attendance.
He passed on nuggets of information such as, "If someone calls you ugly, it doesn't make you ugly."
Young ladies from Girl Scout Troop 94459 from Hawes Elementary School in Ridgewood participated in the event.