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  • Back to School Tips: Handling Bullying

    Following are the American Academy of Pediatrics‘ tips for handling bullying:

    Bullying is when one child picks on another child repeatedly. Usually children being bullied are either weaker or smaller, shy, and generally feel helpless. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or social. It can happen at school, on the playground, on the school bus, in the neighborhood, or over the Internet.
      When Your Child Is Bullied:
    • Help your child learn how to respond by teaching your child how to:
      1. Look the bully in the eye.
      2. Stand tall and stay calm in a difficult situation.
      3. Walk away.
    • Teach your child how to say in a firm voice:
      1. “I don’t like what you are doing.”
      2. “Please do NOT talk to me like that.”
      3. “Why would you say that?”
    • Teach your child when and how to ask for help.
    • Encourage your child to make friends with other children.
    • Support activities that interest your child.
    • Alert school officials to the problems and work with them on solutions.
    • Make sure an adult who knows about the bullying can watch out for your child’s safety and well-being when you cannot be there.
      When Your Child Is the Bully:
    • Be sure your child knows that bullying is never OK.
    • Set firm and consistent limits on your child’s aggressive behavior.
    • Be a positive role mode. Show children they can get what they want without teasing, threatening or hurting someone.
    • Use effective, non-physical discipline, such as loss of privileges.
    • Develop practical solutions with the school principal, teachers, counselors, and parents of the children your child has bullied.
      When Your Child Is a Bystander:
    • Tell your child not to cheer on or even quietly watch bullying.
    • Encourage your child to tell a trusted adult about the bullying.
    • Help your child support other children who may be bullied. Encourage your child to include these children in activities.
    • Encourage your child to join with others in telling bullies to stop.

    Comments

    1. Serenity23 says:

      My son just started kindegarten and he asked me if there were going to be bullies. I told him no, but just in case one slipped in, I did tell him to look them in the eye and say “My momma is going to beat your butt!” He fell out laughing, but I bet if a bully approaches him, he will say it..LOL!

    2. Chief Family Officer says:

      @Serenity – I love it! LOL!

    3. Serenity, you're right! I think the important point here is that your son can stand up for himself – that means he is not afraid to answer back!

      P.S. I really liked this eBook: new, many useful tips, to the point:

      http://www.handlingbullying.com

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