WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- "Fight back," or "Stand your ground," or "Don't back down." These are just a few of the things parents used to tell their kids to do if ever confronted by a bully.
Some still teach that, but it no longer seems to be the norm.
Today, bullying is a different animal. There's workplace and school bulling. There's physical and verbal bullying. There's text and cyber bullying.
So, what do you do as a parent when your job is not only to protect but to prepare your kids for life's challenges?
Gary Nichols' parents were clear with him when he was a kid. If he ever got bullied, they told him to, "Knock them straight out."
But he admits, if either of his two young daughters were ever confronted by a bully, he'd want them "to tell me," said Nichols.
Do not engage, do not fight back, said Nichols. Why? "It's a different world," he said.