Bad behavior. It's rampant in middle school. Bullies, mean girls, drama, gossip -- it's all a part of the middle school years. But that doesn't mean your child has to be a victim. In fact, there are certain steps you can take now to help your child minimize these ugly encounters, or deal with them swiftly should they crop up.
Encourage your child to surround herself with friends who offer support and encouragement. At the same time teach her how to spot girls or boys that thrive on negative emotions and behaviors.
Gentle reminders on how to be a good friend to others is probably also a good idea.