4 Ways to Protect Against Bullying

Thursday - December 18, 2014

Bullying is a major problem that can affect any child, but these four tactics can help you protect against the effects of bullying.

 

At some point in your child’s life, you might suspect that he/she is the victim of bullying. Bullying is a major problem among children, and it requires the full involvement of teachers, staff, and parents to prevent, identify, and stop bullying in its tracks.

Here are four strategies you can use to prevent and protect against bullying in your household:

1.       Teach and encourage respect. You can’t do anything about how other children are raised, but you can teach your kids the importance of respect. This must begin at an early age, and should be applied to everyone—respect toward parents, siblings, friends, teachers, and other children.

2.       Talk to your kids about bullying. Be honest about the problem, and let your kids know that there are resources in place to help solve the bullying problem if it ever arises. Let your child know he/she can talk to you if someone is ever bullying him/her.

3.       If you fear something is wrong, speak up. You can likely recognize some of the signs of bullying, so if you notice any of them or if your child tells you he/she is being bullied, don’t be afraid to speak up. Contact the bully’s parents, and if necessary, the teacher or sitter responsible for them at the time of the incident.

4.       Get involved in the community. We are all stronger as a group. Talk to other parents, teachers, and staff about your ideas and concerns, and volunteer yourself to help should a problem ever arise. Only together can the bullying problem be solved.

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