Tips courtesy Ronn Jeffrey of Youth Alternatives.
1. First off, I want to complement the school district on addressing this issue. They have implemented a number of programs to help prevent bullying.
2.Bullying is serious! Children who are bullied often don't report it because they're embarrassed or fearful that they will get bullied more if they tell.
3.What is covered in this article: What bullying is, the types of bullying, and the effects of bullying on our kids.
A.What Is Bullying:
1.Bullying is repeated abuse and harassment of someone who has less power.
2.Characteristics of Bullying:
•Bullying is intentional! Fighting may be spontaneous.
•Bullies are stronger! There is a power imbalance between the bully and the bullied.
•Bullying is consistent and persistent! They do it regularly and often.
B.Types of Bullying:
1.Physical: Involves hitting,
kicking, shoving, and pushing. Boys are more likely to do this than
2.Relational: This involves excluding kids. Encouraging their friends to make fun of or not interact with someone. Making them feel left out. Girls more often use this approach.
3.Emotional: Unlike physical violence this bullying doesn't involve touching. This type of bullying usually involves name calling teasing, threatening and ridiculing behaviors. Both boys and girls tend to use this approach.
C.Effects of Bullying: Our kids generally respond in one of two ways.......
1.When children push the hurt inside:
•Feeling stressed and sickly
•Feelings depressed and/or isolated or excluded and no one can help you
•Having difficulty making friends
•Feelings of fear and anxiety
2.When children push the hurt outside:
•Being physically hurt by the bully
•Being aggressive towards others (bullying others)
•Avoiding school and poor performance.
D. What Can Parents Do?
c.Let the School Be A Resource:
d.Make sure your child is safe and has adequate protection:
e.Empower Your Child:
f.Teach Alternative Strategies: